Agree with others that state this is heading south, though must admit the two guys I drank it with seemed to really enjoy it. I still thought it was good, just not as vibrant as a couple years ago. The fruit is definitely fading, but there are other things going on that still make this enjoyable. I'd recommend drinking in the next 12 months or so (unless you really dig heavily matured wines, in which case you probably have more time on this one).
At long last I get to open this: sour cherry and deep cedar notes, took many hours to open up; back end rounded and soft; can't see how this could improve; bring remaining bottles out of storage this year
Nose of red currant, sour cherry, bell pepper, tobacco, cedar, graphite. On the palate, red currant, blackberry, tobacco, cedar, spice, bell pepper. Finishes with a nice balance of tannins and acidity.
Wonderful. Rich garnet color with very slight amber edge. Beautiful nose of dark fruits. Lots of fruit - cassis, blackberries. Not over the top but really together. Expected the alcohol to be more of an issue at 15% but was really in the background. Glad I have a few more of these!
@MDKRAFT99 hit it on the head. I would add some definites notes of tobacco intertwined with the leather. I brought this to a local restaurant and had it with a rare flat iron steak over asparagus and roasted Yukon gold potatoes. I've had one bottle each of the last 3 years on our anniversary and this was by far the most accessible. One bottle left.
In short, delicious! Opened and aerated in glass for about 30 minutes, drank over ~ 2 hours. Nose with dark fruits, maybe a hint of leather; flavors of blackberry but not overly fruity, hints of caramel, graphite, tobacco, maybe a touch of olive and white pepper at the end; nicely integrated tannins, served with lamb steaks. Really nice, glad we have one more bottle!
Decanted for about 1/2 hour. Nose of plums, raspberries and coffee. Delicious berries and plums on palate. Very smooth with long enjoyable finish. One more bottle....maybe will open in a couple of years.
has come together nicely. Rich and delicious. Definitely needs AT LEAST and hour of decanting for it all to come together. Would probably buy again but in this price range their is so much goodness to be found.
PnP. Aromas of tobacco, spice and berries. Lovely blend of candied cherry, cranberry, and sharp sweet spices. The tobacco on the nose does not seem to be present, nor are there any other earthy qualities or this would rate even higher. Still, the flavors are very well integrated and have real depth. Good long finish as well.
Similar to, but much smoother than a prior bottle. PnP thru aerator, did not take notes. Very rich, ripe flavors of dark berries with spice, licorice and oak. Full bodied and smooth with nice balance and a long fruity finish. Very nice.
Back to form. Nose a little more secondary with red currant, sour cherry, bell pepper, tobacco, cedar, graphite. On the palate, red currant, blackberry, tobacco, cedar, spice, bell pepper. Finishes with a nice balance of tannins and acidity. Hold for a couple more years and this will be in a great spot.
The wine looks Brick colored. The legs are Slow. It smells like Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Mineral, and Oak. It tastes like Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), and Mushroom. The body is Medium/Full. The wine is textured Smooth. The wine finishes Long.
Fantastic. WOTN at Wolflicks. Trojan cardinal in color. Was a little tight on the nose after opening bottle an hour before pouring, but came alive over the course of the evening suggesting a decant next time. Well balanced ripe red fruit and a lingering finish.
Opened 1 hour before first pour, consumed over 3 hours. Nose: Medium expressiveness, black cherry, raspberry, eucalyptus, licorice, and earth. Palate: Medium to full bodied, gritty tannins, dark fruit, and spice. Finish: Medium plus length sense of gritty dark fruit, spice, and earth. Much improved over the first bottle consumed in 2/10.
Big nose of cassis, blackberry, bramble and oak. Nose carries over to the palate with addition of some spice and licorice, and with a medium, almost rough texture. Long, rich, fruity and brambly finish. Ripe, sweet fruits with drying tannins. Very rich and tasty, but also just slightly rough and awkward.
89 maybe some bottle shock - good but not great- will review again in a few months. some cherry, mostly smooth with a nice acid and "fresh/green" feel. It's just not what I expected...next time the hype will be lower...and I'll take better notes.
Mike was between and "eh" and a "not bad" so that generally warrants around an 87 for a Napa Cab/blend
A little to sweet and monolithic on the first day. On the second day, it's a completely different wine. Medium to full bodied. The nose is very complex, rye bread, mint, tiny bit of bell pepper, red fruit, cocoa. The palate is very similar to the nose with very nice acidity. Tannins are present but this wine is smoothed out at this point. In a great spot right now.
Absolutely delicious. Uncorked4 hours b/4 drinking and decanted shortly b/4 pouring.. Next time I'll try this without decanting. I may be mistaken but I'm not sure it need to be decanted. Nose of cherries & tobacco. Very very smooth, tannins present but wine was almost silky. Not huge, as I think of some cabs but delicious taste of cherries & vanilla. Honestly the standout feature of this wine was the incredible smoothness, while still packing lots of flavor. Want to drink a couple more bottles before rating this higher. Had with pot roast and mashed potatoes.
I've been drinking a lot of good wine over the last couple weeks, but this is the best of it. It's definitely a Bordeaux style Napa -- softer, lusher, gentler than a typical straight-ahead Cabernet. It also has good structure thanks to Napa oak. This has all kinds of black fruit, especially cherry, on the nose and pallatte. I also taste some pepper, and cassis. I can't emphasize the softness enough, not usually something I usually enjoy in a wine. But it really works here.
Decanted 2 hours. Consumed over 4 hours. Nose: Initially a little tight, needed a good swirl to reveal red fruit with black fruit undertones. Opened up a bit later with lavender, anise, and cedar. Palate: Medium bodied with nice tannins, black cherry and licorice. Finish: Lengthy but not extraordinary. Overall a wine that evolved nicely over the 4 hour drinking period, showing several different characteristics but none were outstanding.
After finding more of this at $42, I had to open another. Nose of black currant, blackberry, black cherry, green pepper, tobacco, cedar, graphite. On the palate, red and black currant, tobacco, vanilla, black cherry, spice, green pepper. Finish with smooth but sturday tannins and nice acidity. Outstanding. Hold. Good value.
Popped and poured. Big nose, black currant, blackberry, black cherry, graphite, tobacco, green pepper, spicy oak. On the palate red and black currant, tobacco, vanilla, spice, green pepper. Finishes with a strong tannic grip balanced by nice acidity. There was definitely infanticide committed here tonight. Outstanding wine. Good value, even at release price. Hold at least five years. Only 500 cases produced, which will make it very hard to find more at the $50 price point I paid.