A year and a half later and I still have my reservations about this wine. Good fruit, smoke and prunes but missing something on the finish. What is that when the wine bites you on the back of your throat? Tannins? acidity?
This wine was disappointing, especially after spending $80. Vegetal, green pepper notes. The heat never blew off and masked what fruit this wine had to offer. Maybe the hour I gave it to open up wasn't enough or maybe I got a bad bottle. We'll see-I have three more left.
Lewis consistently makes a very decent cab. It doesn't have the taste of a trademark appellation (Stags Leap, rutherford, Pritchard Hill) but it doesn't need to because it is very good. It does everything right. Nice full bodied taste, no harsh edges or apparent alcohol either. Cork well made. I would drink this within 15 years of 2006. Recommended.
Very enjoyable wine. My score may be inflated by 1-2 points because of the excellent food pairing (smoked lamb chops). Nevertheless, once this wine opened up (about 30 minutes), this wine really shone. Personally, I think this wine is drinking at its peak right now. I suppose it could cellar for a while longer, but I found the tannins relatively mild. Great black fruit on the nose with distinctive mocha and tobacco notes on the mid-palate, and a nice finish.
Tremendous stuff here with depth, power, and grace that's incredibly hard to find south of $50. This wine rekindled my interest in the category. Off to find some wines that like this for $30. Wish me luck.
--- COLOR: Deep purple-garnet with garnet-ruby rim NOTE: Nice typical Lewis Cab with blackberry/mulberry jam, strawberry, cherry tobacco, tar and some cracked pepper. Mouth is rich with loads of ripe, sweet blackberry fruit, very hedonistic, with lots of mocha and 60% cocoa. Then the finish gets a bit ash-driven and has some green oak which knocks it down a couple notches. I don't know that this will improve with time.
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This is for fans of the modern Napa style. If you align with Jim Laube of Wine Spectator, you'll love this wine. Big, inky, woody, concentrated and dense; but also pure and fresh. If you're a finesse and elegance person, this is not your wine. A very nice nose of oaky currant. Mouth coating tannins leave excellent Napa Cabernet flavors lingering on the palate. Focused. Not angular, but definitely not so soft as to stray into it being fat. A good balance. A big, "Grand Finale" finish. Unlikely to develop anything of note with age; so don't hesitate to drink up. The rating reflects the quality of this wine within its style. Again, this is for fans of the style. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan.
I found this wine a bit over the top and a bit alcoholic. I am a Lewis fan but this was not my favorite. This wine didn't evolve well over time. Had a glass left the next day and it did not show well, which is unusual for Lewis wines. Could have been flawed a bit.
Was very surprised that this did not perform better at a blind tasting at my house last night. Came in dead last and was a unanimous last place performer. The nose is nice and the front palate is great, the problem is that it is somewhat diluted and awkward on the mid-palate thru the finish. I gave all the wines about an hour of air, and they were wrapped brown bags and tasted blind. Good, but not great and definitely not worth the coin. The lineup and votes included: 1st place - 2004 Egelhoff Napa Cabernet - 23 points 2nd place - 2004 Provenance Rutherford Cab - 21 points (this was the ringer as I got it for $ 20 and it was significantly cheaper than the others) 3rd place - 2005 Flora Springs Trilogy - 19 Points 4th place - 2006 Lewis Napa Cabernet - 7 Points
Like many 'too young" cabs, this one is best at this early stage right on opening, before the tannins open up and start to rip up the finish. On the nose - dark berries, cassis, vanilla. Right out of the bottle, the palate was awesome - great fruit, oak, chocolate...balanced but leaning towards heavy (e.g. not as elegant as the 2005 Continuum). Air in the glass brings out some fine but dry tannins. At the end of the day, everything seems to be as it should be for an infant cab with a long life in front of it. Good stuffing, good balance, good length. The point score is my best guess as to where this will land longer term. I wouldn't be surprised to see it do better with some age. Good enough that I'm reordering several more.