Agree with most comments. Still maintains the earthy character with lots of mocha/chocolate tones. Gina got some deep blackberry while I found the fruit more muted (but very enjoyable). Same or a bit better the next day so it still has years left.
So stags leap. Wish I could have had this in a blind test. Would have impressed a person for once in my life. Anyway it is ripe and lots of mocha and chocolate and cassie and dark berry. This is probly at its peak right now. It is a worthwhile drink at $50 if you want napa but they definitely need to dial down the alcohol quite a bit.
Aromas and flavors of dark and ripe black cherry, red cassis, and forest floor with some wild herbs mixed in. Explosive and intense on the palate. Well balanced acidity on the long finish keeps this very lively.
Opened a bottle of this wine at a dinner party with friends. Dark plumb color, flavors of dark fruit, tobacco, graphite, cassis, some sediment - I will filter next time; a typical stags leap cab. My only regret is that the bottle was open for only about 1/2 hour before drinking; however, I had saved a few onces in a glass at room temp overnight, and in the morning it was delicious; still deep fruit, less alcohol, and an almost vanilla creme finish. Looking forward to my next bottle.
Drinking this as it has been in the decanter for only about 5 minutes. The wine looks purple colored. The legs are medium. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like black currant (cassis), lead pencil, black pepper, vanilla and tobacco. It tastes like mineral, medium toast and oak. The body is medium/full. The wine has coarse texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity.
Six years after release, the 2006 Lede Estate Cabernet seems to be reaching its stride at the apex of its tasting curve. Medium full bodied, deep ruby color with full forward blackberry and black and red currant fruits with tones of mocha, clove spice and hints of tar and sweet oak on a smooth polished flavorful lingering finish.
Took a little bit to open. But after typical CA Cab bouquet with fruit, caramel and vanilla. Very dense body, smooth with slight tannins showing on the finish. Drink very well now, but could last a little bit more.
A pleasantly matured Napa cab featuring aromas of all things red - currant, raspberry, licorice and cherry. The flavors show red currant, red raspberry, touches of earth, licorice, soy sauce and spice with medium+ tannins and medium acidity. A bit of oak though the alcohol is balanced despite its >15%. This is aging well and should last several more years though if you only have one bottle I'd open it now.
Decanted for about an hour, which it needed after checking in at the half hour mark. Profile of fairly dark fruit with medium to full body and low plus acidity. Oak is there, but not overbearing. Did notice some alcohol which brought the score down a point.
PnD let air for 1hr. Purple opaque with crimson rim. Cassis blackberry fig herbs and cedar on the nose. Medium(+) with abundant ripe tannins. Ripe black nd blue fruits with a touch of espresso. Fresh red fruit acidity keeps it all in balance on the lingering finish.
Oak! All I get is oak! Why spend all that time and care in the vineyard raising nature's perfect product only to demolish it with the aroma and flavor of oak? And don't get me started on 15.2% alcohol. That's fine for a zin but where's the cabernet character? I'm frustrated and sad, and not just a little.
Deep ruby color leads to nose of dark fruit, cassis and dark chocolate. Medium full body coats mouth with ripe but not over the top berry while mixing in some dark chocolate, currant, and a hint of cedar. Sweet tannins last 30 seconds.
Decanted five hours. Youthful deep garnet to almost purple color. Currant jam and slightly spirited aromas. Creamy entry. Dark palate evokes French roast coffee, Guiness, bitters, and dark chocolate. Solid and interesting core of material. Finishes with some metal filings and fine tannins. I was impressed with the balance. This seems to be at the beginning of its drinking window. I think this could round out with some time and has some slight upside.
Dark fruit on the nose w/oak in the foreground. After being open 3 hours (not decanted), the oak had diminished and the fruit was very prominent. The palate feel was elegant and the finish was pretty long and enjoyable. I would have preferred it as part of a dinner instead of being sampled w/27 other reds. Great QPR at the approx $25 paid.
Blackberry, smooth and creamy, with oak and vanilla showing, but perfectly balanced. Llacks a little "showiness" or presence that lowers my score, but excellent CS at the price. Drinking very well despite a short decant.
incredible depth and concentration with elegance . nose with nice green pepper ripe black currant , pleasant dusty notes, black tea, sexy mouth feel , soft with fine tannins that sneak up. super long finish. could have improved in bottle for at least a few more years
Drinking much better than the last one I opened about 18 months ago. Decanted for 30 minutes and drank over a couple hours. Dark fruit and dusty tannins paired nicely with a pan seared filet. Well balanced. Enjoyed better with food vs. alone.
Decanted for about an hour, still very tight, but starting to open up. Aromas and flavors of dark cherry and a little red raspberry. Acidity is there. Gripping finish with dusty tannins. Shows potential, will wait another couple years for the next one.
Not much improvement over two years. Really starting to turn into a syrupy mess. Nose of very ripe black fruit and vanilla. On the palate, jammy black currant, ripe plums. Finishes with lots of grip but acidity is lacking.
This wine matured very well over the past 2 years. Dense ripe plums and dried spices comes through on the nose. In the mouth tobacco is in the forefront followed dark fruit and mushroom. Tannins are still a but tight so this wine could go another 2-4 years.
Deep, opaque,purple color. Long legs. A bit of perfume, tobacco and spice on the nose. Big and fruit forward, this is a complex wine with layers of black raspberry, plum and blueberry, evolving to chocolate, clove and a hint of tobacco. Drinking very well now but certainly has 5 to 8 years left. Throwing a surprising amount of sediment it's age but this seems to be a Cliff Lede trait. Nicely accompanied by assorted flatbreads, Spanish cheeses and green apples. Drank with Beth, Rick, Linda and Peter with a terrific South Loop view of the Chicago skyline from Peter's apartment.
N: sweet and fresh, blue and red fruits, perfume, spice box, dust. P: velvet mouthfeel, splash of fruit at the front but the oak is always right there, mouth coating tannins, soy, persistent milk chocolate on the 45 second finish. Drinking very well with an hour of air.
I've had this in the past and thought it quite elegant for Napa. This time I tasted it alongside an '06 from Margaux (the AC, not the Chateau) and was surprised at how leaden and tannic it came across. Defintie astringency for the first half hour in the glass but it softened up after that.
Inky ruby. Blueberries, violets, cassis, and a touch of oak on the nose. Medium to full bodied, blackberries, black cherries, fennel, pencil lead, good acid, drying tannins, a bit of heat, and a slightly sweet and woody medium+ finish. Good fruit and the oak didn't bother me. Every glass was better than the last.
This was a much better showing than my first bottle and I wasn't expecting much based on the current reviews. The nose was very pleasant with cherries and chocolate. The taste on this was much less oak than I remember from 18 months ago and the fruit is much more pronounced. Long finish with mild but firm sweet tannins. 50+5+12+17+8 = 92
Popped and poured. This has improved quite bit since i tried it more than 2 years ago. Bordeaux style nose with blueberry, graphite and a little barnyard which blew off after an hour or so. Medium to medium plus body with nice acidity. Quite restrained and elegant with nice balance. Blackberry and blueberry fruit with notes of tobacco and pencil lead. 20+ second finish with moderate tannins. This is very different stylistically to the outstanding '05 bottling. Not as good as the '05 for me but this is still excellent and should continue to improve over the next few years. Having been disappointed with this a couple of years ago i am now looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.
This was refreshing compared to the 99 Cinq Cepages and 02 Dominus. Differnt wines I know, but this was the preferred bottle with the bright fruit and medium tannins. Opened up to smooth fruit, lightly oaked and not too much alcohol, though it lingered a bit on the back end. Good bottle o vino.
On opening the nose was predominated by alcohol but this disappears after an hour of decanting. Even after an hour the nose came across tight giving me hints of a little cedar, however it was bursting with ripe dark fruit with a touch of oak and tobacco. Good body with a nice long finish.
Drank w/out decant. Tasty, improving with a little time in the glass. Smooth, with mocha predominating, fruit showing little on the palate, in nice balance, actually with the mocha. Will wait a while for the next one.
I nice cab that is not a huge fruit bomb. The nose has a lot of tobacco and dark berry. The middle is smooth and balanced with a cocoa dryness. The only real drawback is the alcohol shows itself on the end of the finish.
Very dark ruby color with a creamy, muscular, full-throttle Cabernet with great structure and balance. Packed flavors of black currant, chocolate, tobacco, coffee, tar, bay leaf, and oak. Finishes long and supple. Drink from 2011 to 2020.
Opened for small sip and to let breath for tomorrow nights tasting. Cedar, raspberry vanilla hagan daz ice cream, alcohol dominant, some milk chocolate. Good finish. Much heat. Better than expected...90 impression. Will see how it holds up tomorrow. Vacuvinned.
Glad I opened it for a day. Strong alcohol taste gone. Better colors tonight. Taste of typical SLD cab, but deeper longer finish, with more fruits less earth than I expected. Well balanced tannin and finish, not complex but very enjoyable with afghan lamb chop steak. Delicious. Pairs well with fatty steak. 91
3rd night..barely a glass left, tasted at Italian byo and have to bring it up to 92 after tasting against altamura 07 and caymus 02 mag. It held up well. 2nd to the caymus. This bottle is underrated and misunderstood. Def have to let it breath for a day or two to air out the strong alcohol. Better yet let It age for 2 more years. Structure is there and fruit is deep and delicious, worth the $60 it's selling for. Yummy!
Had this in a blind tasting of '06 Napa cabs. This was surprisingly tight, even after 3+ hours of air (and significantly more so than the other wines tasted). Hard to elicit much on the nose until late in the tasting, at which point a slight earthy funkiness (in a good way) and a savory/herbal note appeared. The latter continued on the palate, paired with deep blackberry notes, some tobacco, and a long, dry finish. This was much more open and approachable two years ago at the winery. I won't open another one of these for at least 3-4 more years.
Heavy, bitter tannins that will makerhis bottle last a lot longer. Leather, cassis and dark chocolate open up with air. Deep concentrated flavors abound. Definitely give this a LOT of air time, or decant for 2+ hours. Really nice bottle, especially for the $25 price I scooped it up for.
Much better than previous bottles. Tannins have integrated more. Flavor profile the same with dark fruit cigar and leather. Finish longer than previous bottles. Really pretty nice bottle of wine at this price point.
15.2% alcohol. The first cab I've had in quite some time. This one had good tannic structure and was very well balanced. It was also somewhat closed and unyeilding. I'll see if it improves a bit on day two.
Solid Napa cab, slightly above average for what I paid, really pleasing but lacking anything to set it apart. Opaque purple-red. Nose is a bit reserved given the extraction and body expressed on the palate...some dark fruit, spice, iron, rawhide. Slightly tacky mouthfeel, with big smooth fruit dominating the front and transitioning smoothly to the leather/iron combo at the end. Nice length (30+ seconds). Ought to pair this up with a ribeye next time.
The experience of this wine was typical of my expectations of a mid-range California Cabernet with good provenance: A little on the big side, with deliciously balanced fruit and structure, a nice supple finish, and a mildly inflated list price. 91+
Lots of black cherry, plum and tobacco on the nose. It was a bit tight at first. Poured after giving about 15 minutes of air. Flavor was black cherry earthiness, currants and some florals. I noted an earlier posters note about creaminess mid-palate and agree. Half a bottle left for tomorrow night. Poured almost 24 hours later the dark cherry hits a lot harder on the front end followed b y intensified floral notes with that prior creaminess and then some smoky leather at the end.
Much better than the last bottle. Slightly earthy with died currants and spice. A touch creamy on the mid palate. Very long finish with well integrated tannins. Longer decant or more time in the cellar will help this wine.
No formal notes, but this was consumed after, and was slightly better than, the Ridgeline cabernet. The two were surprisingly different. The Ridgeline had a razor-like focus, running right down the middle of the palate. This wine was very weak on the middle, but filled up the sides of your mouth. This was more complex, though, and therefore I enjoyed it more. At $20 it is an outstanding bargain.
Consistent w/ 3/28/2010 note, but no heat on the finish. NB, this was after an eight-hour bottle decant, followed by an additional hour in a wide bottom decanter, and a pass through a Vinturi. A really great showing, but still seems like it's finding itself. If I wasn't lacking cellar space, I'd wait to consume these for another two years. A beautiful wine.
after a quick 45 minute decant, the aromatics were WOWing me ... cassis ... dark plums ... vanilla ... the palate was smooth and what a mouthfeel! loaded with vibrant dark fruits and a slight cocoa appearance ... a little tannic ... great lingering finish that ends with a chocolate streak ...this bottle showed much better than the one we drank 6 months ago...an outstanding Stags Leap cabernet ... a steal at the various cindy prices paid ... 2 thumbs up!
On Day 2 - Tannins nicely integrated now. Blackcurrant, vanilla, tar. Some oak and bitter dark chocolate on the finish. Nicely done but just jaded on cab right now. 89pts for me.
Day 3 - Wow! Really approachable and open now. Big difference from yesterday. Some floral aspects on the nose with pretty dark fruits moving fairly seamlessly to the vanilla midpalate. Still the bitter chocolate on the finish. Nice. 91 pts
Got this as part of of multi-pack on cinderella wine, pro-rated price of ~$21. To me, it performed at about that price point, average ~$20 Napa cab... a bit heavy on the oak, a little bit hot, and slightly out of balance.. not a bad bottle of wine, but was expecting more I guess...
Cassis, chocolate, spices, and vanilla. So we have here a Cali cab. The oak feels a little too raw for my liking and the alcohol a touch too high, but I expect I'm in the minority. It's actually not bad, though, and other people will probably like it more than I do. It's just that style. At the price I bought it for, I'm not unhappy, and that's all I can say.
One of my favorite wines! Deep sweet currant on the nose. A creamy palate accentuated by flavors of mocha and berries. Well integrated and smooth tannins. A long persistent finish follows that lasts for what seems an eternity!!!
The bottle wasn't flawed but there was definitely some bottle variation here. I typically love Cliff Lede wines but this one was boring and unintersting. There was no rich structure and lingering finish like most Cliff Lede wines.
Opened 9/12, finished tonight. Dark, indigo and red. Notes of entrained oak and highly extracted dark fruit. Complex aroma, effusive even after 2 days. Finish has a great offering of acidity balanced with oak and tannin. The 15.2% ALC is evident, but reasonably balanced thru the finish. Complexity evident as it lingers. Nice, glad it was a Cinderella wine from WL.
Decanted for two hours. Nose of red currant, sour cherry, mocha, vanailla. cedar. On the palate, red currant, vanilla, mocha, blackberry. Finishes very dry with astringent tannins. Excellent to outstanding. Hold. OK value.
Red-purple, but with noticeable orange at the rim. Good, solid cherry aromas, but with a vanilla cream center. There are also some stewed prunes and a touch of gaminess. On the palate, good red fruit base, and the vanilla center remains. But this is not just a one-trick pony; there are subtle secondary flavors of earth and milk chocolate, with some cedary mulch and charcoal. Nice structure, this is tasty now, but has plenty of life left. This wine is very high on the delicious factor and is the stereotypical California cabernet. I like it. For $20 pro-rated, this was a great deal.
Edit: Nice to see my notes are relatively consistent.
Tasted blind along side 3 inexpensive cabs($9-14). This just barely edged out an 07 Leyeth and 07 Bogle. All were decanted and tasted twice. Not nearly worth the money. The only real difference was the Lede was slightly fuller bodied and slightly more concentrated.
Decanted 2 hours before serving. Inky, glass staining color. Nose has a great espresso bean meets dark chocolate, with a good core of black fruits. There's some toasty oak, but it's not overbearing. On the palate there's this gorgeous black cherry and blackberry fruit up front, with a good, full mid palate and silky tannins that developed nicely over the hour that I drank it. Hides the 15.2% abv very well.
I grabbed this wine to drink before a concert as I was hoping it would fit the 'profile' for easy-drinking and better than your average bottle. It hit the mark nicely. My 'decanting' into a plastic water bottle added to the experience and we drank this sitting in the warm late afternoon sun waiting in line. Classic cabernet and drinking well right now.
Not quite as good as the '05, though whether this was from the year or additional age I'm not sure. Still a delicious and interesting Napa Cab. Firm tannins, a little pine, big fruit - overall very nice. Bought on CindyWine and easily worth twice as much as I paid.
Decanted about 4 1/2 hours. The nose had black currant and mocha, spice and raspberry, and a little tobacco. The palate was rich and juicy, with black currant and spice, espresso, and a nice cigar box finish.
Very good. The bottle went so quick I didn't take the time to properly taste. It had a good dose of red fruit on the nose, ie raspberry and cherry. It had a good backbone, some tannins and again a tasty red fruit finish. I liked this.
Popped and poured. Dark purple color. Delicious nose that oozes deep juicy fruit, dark cherries and blackberries and plums, with just a tiny hint of oak in the background. Full bodied but not powerful, this has a good smooth weight to it of ripe black fruit on the palate, with a little chewy tannin on the medium finish. Carries its 15.2% alcohol well, and went nicely with a New York strip. Feels structured but not tannic, if that makes any sense. I wouldn't wait too much longer on this.
Very good to excellent. Very dark in color. Sweet nose full of cassis and vanilla. A little tight on the palate, but this is certainly an in your face type of wine. The oak is really dominating things here. Got a little bit of pencil shavings on the medium finish. I have one more of these and will wait a few years to see if it comes together. For the price I paid, I can't do too much complaining.
Pop and pour with no decant. Deep violet red color with cassis, mocha and coffee notes on the nose. Fairly ripe fruits throughout with dark currants dominating framed by multi-layered tannins that eventually give your lips and teeth a nice purple hue. There's a nice overall smoothness to this wine and the moderate alcohol (15.2%) is fairly well concealed but does poke through just a touch on the finish. At full retail ($55) I wouldn't purchase this again but fortunately it was on sale for $35, which is a nice price for a well built Napa Cab.
Damn good Napa cab. Not overly fruity on the nose, but enough to keep things interesting with hints of cherry and blackberry. Nice mouthfull with solild, but not overly long, finish. Compares well to Jordan.
~3hr decant @68F. COLOR- dark, thick and concentrated plum red/purple (but not the darkest of cabs). NOSE- spicy cedar oak, bell pepper, cassis, and grapey plum or dark blueberry -- certainly not my favorite profile. Adding raspberry topped in whipped cream and an aspect of musky perfume (heated paprika as it sweetens the air) with additional swirling and hand-warmth; I still haven't taken a sip, and the aromas are slowly becoming more enjoyable. PALATE- medium bodied, and certainly with a taste-affecting oak-influence, but coming on in waves of delicious cabernet fruit in the way I recall the '05 expressing as well (incidentally, on first blush, the '05 seems the definite superior to this '06 bottling -- less obvious oak, better quality in the fruit, indeed better structure and balance.) This layers on tart creme de cassis with a sweet-vanilla plum tobacco element that isn't as cloying as it sounds. I find the alcohol quite manageable and contained here, though the 3+ hours in decanter might have helped some with that. There's a good full and creamy mid-palate that leads to a dry and tannic medium+ long finish. This one forces one to buff-out the teeth, as the tannins seem to build in layers there. To summarize, this is the lesser doppelganger to it's '05 sibling (more oak, less balance, less depth of fruit), but not by too much. I think this has the structure to improve in the cellar for 5-7 years and peak, then hold out for another 5-7 more. 90+ points.
Opened sooner than i would have liked. Heavier upon popping this time around. Showing loads of sweet cedar, cherry, and cassis. Heavy fruits across the dry and tannic palate. This is great, but needs either three or five years on it's side, or a good five hour decant.
Contrary to other reviews, I believe tannins are nowhere near integrated (10+ years for full resolution).
Thirty minute decant. Immediately, aromas of deep, dark fruit and mocha jumped out of the decanter...many commented on the amazing nose. On the palate, the oak is slightly overbearing, but nice cassis and vanilla come through. The finish is slightly shorter than I remember and the wine seems to lose concentration at the tail end. Tannins seem to be integrating nicely. I knocked off a point from the previous score due to shortish finish and too much oak this time around. Still great at the discounted price.
Overall this is a pretty good and at about $40 it's on the lower range of most Stags Leaps Cab Sauv but you can get this flavor profile with nearly all $20-25 super market CA Cab Sauv. The nose broods with ripe plumb, vanilla, cedar, and earthy unfortunately the integration does not come together very well which is typical of most $20-25 wines. In the mouth it tastes a bit too oaky and hot from the alcohol though the fruit is very dense with plum and cherries. It also has an interesting soy sauce like saltiness that I somehow actually enjoy. Finishes moderately long and smooth though a bit hot from the alcohol.
This wine proves that not all Stags Leap wines are good enough to command their price tags.
Open with aventuri.. had it with a prim rib eye steak boneless.. with just salt and pepper and olive oil on gas grill.. Nice match and the wine taste dry but with fruit flavor.. but it has a special taste to it.. i think it needs alittle more time in cellar or air time.. will see tommorrow..
Let breathe for 2 hours plus aeration. Nose screams blue berry cream. Blue fruit of all kinds including plums and BLUE RASPBERRY! Aromas of vanilla, cola, some sweet spice and light French mocha. Palate shows more blue creamy fruit, sweet tannins and some nice underlying acidity and a touch of heat. Classically New World Cab in style, this should peak in another 5-7 years. A very nice wine. A superb buy under the $50 mark - unfortunately I paid $2...boo.
An awesome bottle. Took about four or fives hours of air to fatten this one up. Deep concentrated cherry, blackberry, cassis with chocolately espresso tones, vanilla, and cedary oak. Heavy and dense in the mouth, with a long and somewhat hot finish. The 2005 was a tough act to follow for this cuvee, but they sure did a good job. I'd hold on to these for a while before opening another.
Good Napa cab, it opened up after about 1hr with some initial chewy tannins which later smoothed out nicely.This was my first Cliff Lede wine and I look forward to trying some of his other bottlings. I wish this were alittle cheaper just because I think it represents the Napa cab style well. It would be great to open for any occasion if not for price.
Dinner at Haven (Houston, Texas): It's a shame Cliff Lede increased the price of this wine from $50 to $60 for the 2006 vintage. This is not a very good wine. It has distinct caramel nose, and the palate is fat, soft and unfocused. Nothing seems to fall in line with this wine. I've recently seen this wine heavily discounted, and now I see why. The professional critics got it wrong with this one.
tasted by glass at restaurant. deep red color. nose of cherry, leather, spices. spice continues onto the palate, with unforgiving tannins and a silky mouthfeel but little midpalate. great nose, but fairly simple. enjoyable.
NC Cindy tasting. Decanted for about 1.5 hours. Good dark color. On the nose, very sweet, bright, and fruity. Maybe a little heat. Seemed a touch extracted. On the palate, this had good cherry fruit which crescendoed into a nice cedary mid-palate with some smokiness. Nice, silky mouthfeel. Unfortunately, the mid-palate faded quickly, and the wine had a short finish. Although just three plus years old, this did not seem like it had much development left, although it will probably be in good drinking form for two or three years. Overall, a decent, well-made wine, but not worth the initial $50-60 asking price. At the $20 pro-rated price in the Cinderella wine 3-pack, though, this is a solid value.
For me, this was fourth among the five California wines tasted at this event.
Friday, March 12, 2010 - This is dark and brooding. Serious structure, didn't start to come alive until around the 3 hour mark (decant). Around 5 hours now. Somewhat astringent tannins. Blackcurrants, brush, blackberries, tar, vanilla, hints of pine. Really very nice, but I'd like to see it in a few years. It seems that there are more layers and complexities there that I just can't see past the tannins. Like figures in the fog.
very silky, but needs quite a bit of time to breathe. drank at restaurant and first impressions were lots of heat and american oak. both fade after an hour or two into nice flavors of currant and mocha. Still has a bit of heat on it, but not overpoweringly so. very good for the liquidation pricing it seems to be on right now.
Rich, mouthwatering style, with rich concentrated currant, plum and black cherry fruit that's accented by exotic spices and pretty toasty oak scents that unfold, revealing extra layers of depth and complexity. On the finish the fruit stands out with rich, chewy tannins and hints of mocha. This definitely has the “Delicious Factor” – JD93
Nose: wonderful dark fruit immediately coming through on the nose. strong backbone of leather and bandage. Incredibly rich and earthy on the nose as well. Pencil shavings, green pepper and a bit of dustiness all coming through as the wine opens up. Not an overly complex wine but interesting enough. Very nice mouthfeel, a little bit light for the style but it works . Lots of leather, cedar, green pepper, black currant and a bit of cranberry immediately covering my palate. Perfect tannins though finish is not overly long. Oak is present but not overpowering. A very drinkable wine and it is ready now as far as im concerned.
Elegant nose full of deep black currant, blackberry, and a hint of anise. Velvety moutfeel shows flavors of dark berries, toasty oak, baking spice and a hint of menthol. Nice complexity on the palate. Firm, dusty tannins evident on the back end with med-high acid. Nice mix of oak and cocoa on the structured finish. Solid.
This is an excellent wine that gets better if allowed to breathe a bit. The cork was tight and air had clearly not infiltrated the bottle. There is an inky darkness to the color. The nose is alive. Leather hit me first followed by good earth and tight fruit. Given a short time the aromas of dark berries reveal themselves. You won't be disappointed with the flavors and subtle changes in the wine. Again, big fruit, berries, earth, and just a hint of good moss early (it went away with decanting). The wine is not overly complex but does change. It shows a good balance. Tannins are evident upon opening and drinking through the finish. The wine should age nicely. Very happy with the purchase.
Nose is vanilla and dark fruits. Taste is blueberry and blackberry jam - some black olive. Flabby, very flabby... finishes dry, the mouthfeel is thick, but no sensation on the palate. OAK is everywhere. You can see why people would like with all the fruit, but no substance or depth and leaves you wanting something more after the early tingly bits... Pam Anderson comes to mind. Xmas gift, but the other two bottles are the stars (Altamura and Justin Isosceles) 87 JDM.
Still young with a big tannic structure. It will soften over time. Needs some time in the decanter for now. Big fruit flavors of currant and blueberry. Mineral edge on the long finish. More at by blog http://encompasswine.wordpress.com/
Initially showed no fruit at all, so I decanted for 2 hours. Nose showed red currant, raspberry, cedar and bittersweet chocolate. Palate showed raspberry, red currant, smoke and a bit of dark chocolate. Finish was a bit hot and tannic which prevented this from scoring higher, but that should come together in time, so this should improve.
Very true as a typical Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon with deep dark purple color. Lots of complexity on the nose, fruit of course, but some cinnamon and asian spices with a leather background. The nose jumps out of the bottle and the glass. Plenty of dark fruit. The oak is almost not noticeable, fully and successfully integrated. Everything is balanced. Would score higher if there was a little more weight on the mouthfeel, which also affects the refined, but relatively short finish. Altogether a treat of a well made wine that is slightly lighter than expected
K&L Charity Event. Nose of green bell pepper, dark fruit, and earth, typical Stags Leap cabernet flavors on the palate, medium amount of tannins, tasted yin and yang-disjointed somehow, medium body and medium finish. Not up to its peers today by far.
Nose of vanilla, dark berries, mocha and smoke. Creamy mouthfeel but not overbearing. Good acidity and very nice ripeness level to the fruit - not too much, not too little. This is well priced (for Napa). Would consider buying a few more.
Beautiful purple color. Initial nose of massive fruits and some doughy vanilla, taste of sour cherry and jam, milk chocolate. Focused and concentrated. About 15 minutes later, muted and dull, nose gone, midpalate flat. What the..?? Revisited after a few hours, nose came back a little bit but midpalate hadn't changed. This wine was showing its alcohol (15.2%) and was super dry. Overly tannic. At this price point I'd rather drink a Caymus.
A dry, tannic wine. It's a wine that will leave your mouth feel bone-dry, which creates the impression of a long finish, but there's no complexity, very little nose, and not much on the palate with this Cabernet. Overpriced.
Nice fruit on the nose and palate, with some oak and pepper. It has a medium tanic structure. Drinkable now, but time will certainly make it even better. A very good wine at this price point. Very close to the similar rated 2005.