Drank with friends alongside the 2003. Waited 90 minutes after popping the cork before pouring.Great dark, intense nose in the glass. Great core of dark cassis/black cherry/plum fruit.Soft, but solid tannins. Improved with age.
This wine likely has plenty of time in the bottle, but it is drinking perfectly right now and there may not be a gain in holding further. The balance of fruit and tannin/oak is spot on for a Napa Cab. Very little sediment, smooth from start to long finish. Medium+ red color - not turning to brown and a medium+ weight mouth feel. Paired pefectly witn bone-in riby-eye, grilled broccoli and sauteed hedgehog mushrooms. We don't/rarely decant unless we are worried about sediment. Sometimes we use a decanter for dinner parties as it's pretty and can be easier to pour. We do open and pour the first glass about 20 minutes before dinner will be ready, tasting as we go and doing more swirling if needed to open the wine. And we drink slowly over a long meal. Pour through a filter for sediment, but I don't think decanting adds to this wine.
I would agree with many of the recent notes expressing an unfortunate dearth of fruit, but I can still extract some sweet spiced plum and blackberry. The tannins to me are not overly astringent, especially after a little air, but they have certainly held up for the past six years. Most prominent is an almost vegetal note that can be further deconstructed to more pleasant licorice and sage. More time in the bottle may be interesting, as the tannins can probably support it, but at the risk of the further diminution of fruit.
even after an hour or two in a glass this is still just a brambly wall of tannins. there's pretty much no fruit to speak of, only tannins and brambles and some acidity. not sure what to think of this one. will revisit on day two.
day two: tannin, tannin, and more tannin. like sucking on vaguely wine-flavored cotton balls. given the lack of balance here I'm not sure age will cure this, but I haven't followed enough tannin-monsters through the long term to know.
Surprising lack of fruit, even after the tannins fade following several hours of decanting. Some subtle flavors of tobacco and pepper but I found this to be lacking complexity. A decent wine but a terrible QPR. I hope my other bottle shows better.
Started out a bit closed but opened into an excellect cab with outstanding balance. Tast of black berry and cassis. Aroma of floral and black cherry. Smooth and rich mouthfeel with tannins well balanced with fruit. Great wine!
dark garnet colored. lots of dark plums and cassis on the nose with some spicy tobacco as well. big and dense, it opened up more with time. extracted currant and black berries explode on the palate. firm tannins and medium acid. notes of mocha and toast linger on the finish. very nice wine that will show better in the decanter or with several years in the bottle.
Nice aromas of cassis, mocha and spice. Bold dark fruit and anise with nicely balanced tannins and acid. Good lingering finish. Improved over the next hour and would be best if decanted. I would expect it to age nicely for 3 to 5 more years. I enjoyed the Preston Vineyard better than the higher rated Morisoli Vineyard.