The was more aromatic right from bottle and into decanter than after the 3 hour decant. Got aromas of cassis, cocoa, black fruit. Palate was full with a smooth texture. Good intergration of alcohol, tannins, acidity. Long smooth finish. Nicely balanced very enjoyable to drink by itself. I saved one glass for the grilled filet and it paired perfectly. One bottle left to enjoy. 5,12,16,6=89
Decanted for about an hour. Dark purple color. Big nose of rich blackberry cobbler, creme de cassis, a bit of charred oak and dark chocolate. Similar flavor profile on the palate with a full bodied mouthfeel and moderate finish. Medium+ acidity and tannins. This wine is undeniably Napa cabernet, in a good way. Still has time to develop more secondary characteristics but very drinkable and enjoyable now.
So "Napa cab" is now code for something that you would drizzle over ice cream or pancakes, huh? Seriously, this is the 3rd napa cab in a row that I had high hopes for, and instead, it's cloying, oaked to all hell, syrupy and sickeningly sweet. No acid whatsoever to stand up to a grilled new york strip and wimpy tannins. Decanted for 1.5 hours. Reviews here made me think this is ready.
Day 2 and 4, I had a glass each day with some VERY spicy chili that I made, and it was a surprising and winning combination. The heavy heavy sweet flavors of this wine made for a great contrast to the spicy chili, sort of like a sweet white wine with spicy asian food or an Amarone with beef stew.
Another year later, and I just opened the second bottle. At first, I was concerned because the wine was closed and hot. After about an hour the wine was really nice with a good amount of red fruit on the palate. The finish was subsiding by the end of the evening (+6 hours after opening), so I think the wine is beginning it's peak drinking window. I have one more bottle I will hold for another year (why not), but I think this wine is drinking well now.
Note from bottle consumed on 1/12/2012: This wine needs time. The longer I decanted, the better it tasted. After two hours I started to taste the big red fruit that's hidden behind the tannins. The color was crimson red with strawberry and spice on the nose. By the end of the evening, I was hooked. This is a nice red that I had not had before. (92 Points)
I poured it in the decanter @ 5:30pm and stole a sip. It was totally out of whack; high alcohol, disjointed, rough, overripe dark, sour fruit.@ 9:30pm poured in the glass. Nose is overwhelming alcohol (14.9%) with touch of vanilla and fig. Palate is overripe dark fruit, licorice, and high alcohol- has a burned rubber or charred flavor that turns bitter and sour on the finish. Low acidity and tannins. At this point I realize this wine is not good and open a different bottle. After 6 hours open I go back to the Pina. Some of the earlier nasty flavors have released. Now it has a smooth mouthfeel with low acidity and subtle tannins and taste like high alcohol cherry cough medicine.On day 2 (which rarely happens at Chez 2K) its more of the same. Considering the current characteristics of this wine, I dont see it getting better with age. Maybe just overcooked somewhere along the way.
Incredible wine that still needs more time in the bottle. You can tell there is immense upside to this wine after another 6-12 months to hopefully integrate the tanin so that it becomes less stringent. But, nicely integrated fruit and oak with this wine. Has a lot of life left. Potential for 92-93. Drink after a 4 hr.+ decant or hold for at least 6-12 months. Very nice stuff.
This wine needs time. The longer I decanted, the better it tasted. After two hours I started to taste the big red fruit that's hidden behind the tannins. The color was crimson red with strawberry and spice on the nose. By the end of the evening, I was hooked. This is a nice red that I had not had before.
Decanted for 24 hours. Finally opened to reveal an incredibly lush and complex cab nose, with a lot of floral notes along with the expected blackberry and cassis. Palate was very smooth, despite the tannins still present, and utterly delicious. This wine is going to be fantastic in the years to come.
Big Cab nose, hearty body, strong currant and licorice, big smooth tannins with concentrated blackberry finish that lingers for 30 seconds +. Very level and intergrated throughout. Pahlmeyer like effort.
i'm a long time pina fan and this one does not disappoint. it's a nicely balanced, big wine with incredibly smooth tannins and a long lush finish. if you haven't tried pina and you're looking for a good napa cab, or are getting tired of the napa cabs you have been trying, they're definitly worth exploring. good stuff.