Completely delicious and ready to drink at 12 yrs. Was a bear up till now. Shows the right drinking window for these wines at -10-12 yrs. Curiously, I think that this single vineyard wine was a mellowed and nicer to drink than the blend from the same year, though this may not be true in every vintage as I usually prefer the estate blend.
Brought magnum to Maui and the wine was delicious, with no perceived bottle shock from the flight or extreme change in weather conditions. The 2003 has mellowed and is in a great window right now. The Teachworth's wines almost always need some age to show their stuff. Thanks Joan and Walter! A memorable bottle!
taste: full bodied with silky tannins and very polished tones of dark red fruits, red cherries, red currants and cedar tones. There is a nice and silky quality to it though it is lacking a bit of depth on the palate
overall: this is a quality cab. It seems like it's in its pomp right now and showed very well after about an hour in the decanter. Well balanced with a perfumed quality and doesn't show some of the hard edges that I've come across in other 03 cabs. It is lacking a little bit of depth on both the nose and palate, but is a outstanding wine nonetheless
Decanted 2 hours. Big nose of blackberry, blueberry and burnt cedar. Full bodied with tremendous ripe black fruit intensity on the palate but still remains elegant and fresh in the mouth. Long finish with soft tannins. The only downside is that there is not a lot of complexity although this seems to be typical of the RR vineyard. This is approachable now with a decant but should improve over the next couple of years. Outstanding wine which is slightly better than the '02 vintage.
I must say that older Caymus SS wines are simply incredible. This was tasted against a 1995 Chateau Latour and a 2003 Teachworth Rattlesnake Ridge Cab, and the Caymus won hands down. Even a couple of the management stopped to compare the two (Caymus and Latour) thinking the Latour would win easily, however, they couldn't believe the Caymus smelled and tasted better. I'm not sure whether or not the Latour was in an awkward phase but it didn't have the beautiful boquet I was expecting. The Caymus had a very pleasant nose that changed over the course to a minty smell. The Caymus did have somewhat of an earthy aftertaste similar to the Latour. The Teachworth smelled of blueberries and smooth for only a 6 year old wine. We could definitely tell the fruit forwardness of the Teachworth compared to the Caymus and Latour. I highly recommend stacking up with older vintages of Caymus SS. What a treat!
Popped and tasted immediately. The nose hold strong scents of oak, black fruit, and lighter scents of eucalyptus, lavender, lilacs, and caramel. In the mouth flavors of blackberry transition to blueberry pie, bakers chocolate, mocha, and light cedar notes. At this point in time the finish is about 30 seconds long. It's powerful while still delicate...and that's what I really love about these Teachworth Cabs. More to follow after a 4 hour decant...I'm bringing this to a dinner tonight in my decanter.
Decanted 2 hours. Great nose of Diamond Mountain tannic fruit. Medium body with better concentration and richness than the Teachworth Manzanita. For $100 though, this is not a superior wine, very disappointed. Gassed bottle and the next day the fruit completely disappeared and the wine was gone. Does not bode well for longevity. The guy that wrote those "over the top" Teachworth notes on the James Laube Levy & McClellan blog is on serious crack or pulling a PR stunt.