Enjoyed this with steak, Fine wine with a medium finish. Held up very well for 12 years old. Decanted it due to the amount of sediment in the bottle. Did not wait more than 30 minutes which was plenty of time. NIce body on the wine and clear color.
Brickish red. Throwing lots of fine sediment. Very fragrant. Fine fruit in the nose, sandalwood, cinnamon, lavender, spice. Forward and feminine. Delicate on the palate with cherry-like fruit as well as some iron and spice notes. Very silky, polished and elegant as it dances to a decent if undistinguished finish. This is all about sexy, sweet fruit. No tannins to resolve here, it is at its apogee. 4-13-16-8: 91/100.
No tasting note recorded at the time. The more I drink older Pride Cab Franc's, the more I'm convinced these wines are their best at year 1 to 3. Granted, 2000 was not a fantastic year, and this bottle shows it, for me, this bottle was missing what I love best about the Pride Cab Franc, the fresh intense fruit profile that make this unique. Will try another bottle soon.
Decanted for about 45 minutes and then drank over the course of 3 hours. Beautiful deep garnet color, blueberries, leather and tobacco from the glass. Medium body, well-integrated tannins, mostly fruit aromas in the mouth. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Quite a bit of structure left here. Initially lovely on the nose, but quite drying on the palate. With time, fruit appeared and finish softened and sweetened, making this a nice wine. Works a bit better with food.
Plenty of structure with chalky and mineral tones but still had the fruit to carry through. This wine is ready to be consumed now and I don't feel that its fruit will continue to hold up against its austerity for too much longer.
Beautiful garnet color, some visible browning at the edges. Fine bouquet of cherry, plum and a note of violets. Medium body, with very well integrated tannins, 40 second finish. Drank out of magnum over two hours, was open for 30 minutes before we started, was good till the last drop...
soft violet and blackberry on the nose; medium bodied currant, herb, mocha and violets; minor wood influences; a bit thin on mid palate; great with cheese and tomatoes, but not quite up to the teriyaki steak.
Ok, so I do need CT in HI (part2.) No idea this was lingering, and I tend to like these in their primary youth. Completely different wine now, but enjoyable nontheless. GreenTea, earthy and gritty. Dusty tart berries.
I aged this longer than intended since it had ended up in offsite storage. Finally home and time to pop. This was lovely, nuanced, really showing Cab Franc personality with a little tobacco edge. This was drinking awfully well for a 2000 California wine. I wouldn't hold a lot longer, but this is drinking really well.
Fantastic for a 2000. Rich and velvety, but a little more restrained than better vintages. I found the oak to be a little overt but not enough to distract. The finish goes on and on and on bringing on the mocha just when you think that it's done showing off.
This is still tasting rather young, and I'm in no rush to finish my last bottle.
Tasting notes from memory. Thirty minutes of decanting and the wine was at it’s peak, it was a short window, and started to fade almost an hour afterwards – it was still very good, but it seemed that it was more for only a short time there. Dark with red fruit, some chocolate and a bit of blueberry, velvety in smoothness with fine tannins on the finish. It drank well, but was missing the explosive nose and fruit profile of other vintages. As much a fan of Pride Cab Franc’s as I am, I have to say that they seem to drink much better earlier in the their life than later.
Dinner at home with Steve & Sue. Almost black in color, this was a muscular wine with black currant and chocolate showing but not much else. Not bad but nothing special either. Very tight and maybe it just needed decanting but the leftovers were pretty bad the next day. I hope the other bottles of this show better. 50+11+11+7+7 = 86
Deep dark red. Nose of blueberry, tea, smoke. Beautiful nose - could enjoy just this nose on this. Pulled out of the cellar and opened right away. Even at 56 degrees, the nose was effusive. Palate was great - blueberry/black cherry, smoke, carmel, with a long finish. Tannins fading a bit in the last year since I had one. Still there, but not gritty - velvety might be a better characterization. I need to figure out how many of these I have left and finish them off in the next couple of years...
Shanghaied for the night: Includes 25% Merlot. Aromas of herbs and toasty oak. Bitter chocolate and a touch of raw oak. Rich, medium-full bodied palate. A bit monolithic. Nice. Sappy. Traci described it as having a "fresh, bright, leanness."
Very similar to the previous bottle -- in fact, a little more intense and complex. This bottle showed tons of ripe blueberry flavors, which became more focused with 2-3 hours of air. Backbone of tobacco, leather, and lead pencil. Long finish.
Black/maroon, with slight amber at the rim. This is a big step up from the 1999, which had a huge nose but little follow-through on the palate. Deep, rich nose of cedar, leather, and juniper, with a complex palate of cocoa, tea, blueberries, and black cherries. Well-structured -- the fruit, tannins, and acid are in harmony, and the tannins are mature but not fully resolved. This wine seems to be peaking now -- I would not wait more than another year or two.
Dinner at Palisades with John, Sydney, Suzi, Mom and Bob. Wow, this has really changed in a year. Where a year ago there was lots of caramel, now this is much more sleek with obvious green tea, herbal elements and copious notes of spicy cedar. I barely recognized the wine at first. This is ready to drink and probably at peak. The youthful exuberance is gone now with some fast emerging secondary nuances. Yet there is still a tight core of expressive fruit. Quite nice!
($52) wow! The nose shows beautiful aromatics of pencil lead, toasty oak, violets, sweet fruit, and a bit of cocoa. On the palate with wine is loaded with dark fruit, some minerals, and more of the aroma's hallmarks. The finish shows slightly coarse tannins that speak either to the challenges of the vintage or the possibility of this wine improving with a bit more time in the cellar. As it is generally accessible, I would say no more than 12-18 months might make a difference.
Opened this up to have with some baked veal chops and potatoes. Right out of the bottle I realized that I was committing infanticide, as all I could smell was spicy young wood. I poured a glass and let it warm and develop for half an hour. Loads of brown sugar and spiciness on the nose edged by some Cab Franc tea leaf. On the palate this has a sweet entry with a green edginess. It finishes powerfully and coats the mouth with fine tannins, a bit of drying. Actually, I'm liking this quite a bit more with each sip, but it's not really what I was looking for tonight. I am going to bottle this baby back up and see how it does tomorrow, as I'm looking for something a bit less woody tonight... DAY 2: Ah what a difference a day makes! This wine has really settled down, and boisterous fruit with piercing aromatics have now emerged from beneath the formerly impenetrable wood. Cocoa, brown sugar, herbal notes, and a hint of high-pitched wood. On the palate this has gorgeous, supple fruit and lively yet silky tannins. Really nice mouthfeel, slightly dry finish. This will do well with a couple more years, but now I know why folks recommend trying these when they are young. (I had my doubts last night.) Gotta' love that Pride!
($50) Ooo - this is drinking nicely. Some sweet new oak on the nose but it is not overpowering. Also has some blue-ish and raspberry fruit in a sort of liqueur mélange. Hints of dark chocolate. Full-bodied with some velvety tannins and a very long finish that last and lasts with chocolate and red fruit. Nice. Opened to celebrate a job offer for me.