At first a bit closed and dry -- almost as though the fruit has dried out. But with about an hour in the glass, the dry veneer dissipates, and some fruit, with some nice savory flavors, begins to emerge. A bit of sediment near the end cut short what was starting to be a more enjoyable wine.
Musty nose with elements of dark berries and prunes palate of sweet prunes and dry forest floor. Still some tannins. This is a bit more mellow than earlier in its life. Finish is medium and dry. Chalky tannins at the end. (375'ml)
Cassis, black and earthy, forest floor and fresh herbs create the nose. The wine is medium bodied, soft textured and ends with a sweet and tart, dusty, elegant finish. This showed a lot better a few years ago. But who hasn’t?
Medium red, faded at the rim. Sensational nose that shows both red and black fruits combined with spice that absolutely intoxicates! Medium body, there is a refined elegance to this wine that lets you know you are dealing with class. Beneath the fruit there are herbal notes and a slight leafy-ness. The body is smooth and long and caresses the palate. The finish was long initially but towards the end of the meal it seemed to fall off a bit. In reading the other notes here I cannot help but wonder if they were dealing with bottles subject to less than ideal storage. This bottle had sat on its side at 56 degrees since purchase in 2000 and was absolutely stunning. www.advinetures.ca
From a 375. These definitely should be drunk soon. This one was in between the other two -- nose of anise. Taste of medium strong anise, chocolate, old leather. If you like em old you will like this. I generally do, but this seems a bit too tired out. Not much left to support.
Still limping along. Nose of candied cherry, with an overlay of leather. A little hot on the nose. Not the palate, still some fruit in the center. Tannins dry out the mouth, and there is a bit of a bitter edge, which continues with the finish. There is still a lot here, but it is not very pleasant. Perhaps in a few years it will sort itself out, but at the moment this is fine, not great.
very different than when I first had this wine. Very strong initial taste of raisins, dried currants. Almost like an amarone. But this develops out after a while and becomes a bit more subdued. Drinking pretty well, but I think I would drink this up in the next year or so (and I have a fair amount to drink!). I would say this is very good, but I do not score it as high as some others. This might be bottle variation, though this bottle was not noticeably bad and has been stored in cellar conditions for the last decade or more.
Dark ruby in color with a nose of tobacco and leather. Surprising full body, with hardly any age showing, it could go another five years. Tannins were mild, but appealing. Enjoyed this with grilled lamb chops.
Drinking beautifully - Medium bricking, touch of port on the nose, great vibrancy for its age. Still had plenty of fruit and acidity. Everything was well integrated. Tannins nicely resolved. Was not sure how this wine would hold up and was pleasantly surprised.
Popped and Poured (through a strainer for any sediment). Lots of depth and still surprisingly sturdy. Classic black cherry and licorice. I never had the 97, so I don't know if it has peaked, but it appeared to have 5 years left easy.
The demise of the 1997 vintage is highly over-stated/wrong as it pertains to this wine. This bottle was very nicely integrated, while still possessing sufficient tannins to hold it all together. Tart, with a long aftertaste. While a goodly portion of cabernet franc in this wine (38%), there was no leafy, tobacco dominance - nice fruit, smooth and long aftertaste. Glad I have one more - cranberry delight
Wonderful from nose to finish. Not a "big" cab by any means, more understated than many calicabs. Tannins are a bit astringent but smooth, improved with decanting and 2 hours of aeration. I think this could improve with more aging, and will try another bottle in 2017.
Purchased from Delia at the winery and cellared since. Enjoyed on a getaway night - Opened clean revealing an expressive bouquet of cedar, cherry, dusty spice and earth. Opened with air, revealing a slightly tart acidic profile of cranberry, cherry, rust and fine grained tannin. Lacking the depth of fruit at this point, but showing fine secondaries.
Delicious, rich but elegant, with dark cherry, earth, mineral flavors. Nice, long finish. Don't listen to those reviewers suggesting this wine is over the hill, it's nowhere close to that. (I suspect they might have had storage issues -- when properly cellared this wine has plenty of life left.)
13.5% alcohol. 62% cabernet, 38% cab franc. not decanted, followed in the glass for 3 hours. a previous bottle of this was not a pretty picture, so i had some trepidation about opening this last bottle from my cellar. loved the aromatics immediately upon opening, but the first fifteen minutes were marred by extreme heat on the finish. happily, that subsided, and, while not a blockbuster, it morphed into a solid performance. some green notes + sweet tannin. positive cab fruit integration. i can't see how this will improve with more storage time. i feel it is fully mature. drink now - 2012.
Tief purpurrot, leicht bräunliche Ränder, sonst wenig Alterungszeichen; Bouquet von Pfeffer, Stallnoten, Cassis, Blaubeere, Brombeere, Tabak, Gewürzen; am Gaumen neben den Fruchtnoten Koriander/Vanille, feine Tannine, gut integrierte Säure, guter Abgang; die Frucht kleidet den Gaumen aus, allenfalls fehlen etwas Komplexität und Tiefe
Winemakers you know (Mike G. visits) (Mike Posk's): Certainly in a great place right now, but still showing room to mature and unwind. I must have drunk a case of this wine out of Dave B.'s cellar and this was probably the best bottle yet. Dusty cassis and bell pepper on the nose. Complex. Balanced. Really nice, but no hurry.
The color has moved from deep purple to a garnet without any bricking around the edge. Pouring about 30 minutes after opening (but not decanting), the nose still had a green stemmy aroma that blew off after another 15-30 minutes. Initially still tannic and hot on the finish the wine settled into a mild nothing with muted floral notes, mild chocolate and a hint at some blackberry and cassis. It didn't taste young but it didn't have mature cab notes either. It was OK to good, but not close to great!
dark red almost purple; a bit of bricking; nose of forest floor and dark berries; amazing attack with chalky leather and lots of drying tannins; this wine needs even more time; wait until 2014 or after; lots of black current flavor and more structure than needed right now;
A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Cabernet Franc. Opaque purple color. Plumb nose. Tastes of blackberry and anise. Green metallic finish with some cherry notes. Over the hill and overnight... Unfortunately, I haven't had much luck with this wine in the past. 13.5% alcohol.
A really BIG wine that can easily be saved for another 5 yrs. Slight bricking. Tightly wound with lots of sedement. I would advise to double decant and wait 2 hrs before trying. Started with some bing cherry, earth and pine notes. Later moved to black cherry, vanilla, leather and some cedar. Just a monster. I will be a difficult decision on when to try my last 3 botles.
Just a huge, concentrated and jammy front end. Fruity on the red side, but the cab franc and tannins hit you like a sledgehammer on the palate. Points off for a little schizophrenia and greenness that one could mistake for a slightly corky taste, but it's not. Amazingly, I think this wine has cellaring potential for another 5 to 10 years. Too bad I only had this one bottle. If you have it, leave it be for awhile. Once this stuff integrates, my guess is it's a 96+ experience.
Needed major decanting - hard as nails when first opened (so we drank 97 Phelps Insignia while it breathed). Evolved over the evening into a very nice wine, with intense fruit, tobacco, mint and herbal flavors, finishing with a warm note of mineral. Tasted the same three days later, suggesting that it will hold very well in the cellar for some years to come. If I had more, I'd wait 3-5 years before touching it.
I've been breaking into my '97s to see if rumors of their demise are true. The 1997 Viader Red Wine is at a good place. Youthful appearance of medium ruby with virtually no bricking. Blackberry cobler flavors are followed by sweet cherry tomatoes and a backbone of cedar and mint. Sounds odd, I know, but it works. Tannins are still significant. At first I thought it didn't need a decant but found it better with about 1/2 hour of air and a big rare steak. Drink now until 2012.
San Diego Mini Offline (Wine Vault, San Diego): Served bagged. Very rich mint chocolate palate though not in a heavy oaked Merlot way. Nose had a slightly green cedar character. Substantial fruit while well balanced. Plenty of guess from all over and mine was a Heitz Martha's. Well...I got the state right. Very good wine.
Portlike concentration on the nose. Cherry liquor, Framboise, Blackberry flavors rise off the nose in a perfume that is just hilighted with some flowers. Velvety richness on the palate that is softer than any aged viader I have had. Black cherry, sage and blackberry cover the palate. The finish has strong notes of heat, that subside and give it a touch of eucalyptus on the finish. 88-91 needs about 1 hr decant.
A dark orange rim with a nearly opaque red core - lots of color transition. The nose was showing lots of aged secondary notes. High alcohol but soft tannins with a pretty mouthfeel. Quite good. Started to die a little bit after a couple of hours post decanting but otherwise just a really good wine.
After some air, this got pretty darned good. Deep red fruits, cedar, velvety mouthfeel. Fairly tannic still, however, and I'm concerned that the fruit may disappear before the tannins are fully integrated. Drink again within 2 years.
Med red, a little brown. Cherry and tobacco nose. Dusty black currant and flowers on the palate, hint of vanilla; still a little juicy. Tiny bit tinny on med-long finish. Tannins resolved/integrated. last bottle of 6; general experience of all 6 was slightly but not excessively below expectations. quality high. value med.
Californian wines (FOF): Dark red center with a brownish rim. Aromas of black currant, creamy port/sherry, caramel and peppermint. Some black currant and vanila on the palate, dried fruit and some sweet licorise on the midpalate. It turns a bit dry on the finish with some chalk. Very good length and balance. Overall very nice wine that drink really well right now.
Very subtle hints of oak and black currants. A very soft and feminine nose. Very disappointed with taste. Initial entry revealed dusty tannins finishing extremely quick with no mid palate. This is the second bottle of this same wine with similar tasting notes. Wine not oxidized nor corked. I imagine this is just over the hill.
Bottom third out of 25 '97's. No obvious flaw, just some dusty medium bodied red/berry fruit with floral note. Decent finish and length. I was totally bummed when it was unvieled, I expected more from a bottle w/ perfect provenance; since we were just there at the winery and they're selling their last 30 of these for $500!!! sheesh...88 on day 2
i was knocked out by this wine...blindsided really, as i never expected to like it as well as i did. yet it had wonderful developmental nuances, and an interesting fruit profile due to the large cab franc component. outstanding!
Last bottle 7 months ago was not worth commenting on. This time it rocks. Dark blackish red. Nose of currant, smoky herbs, tobacco, maybe a little pencil lead. On the palate it is berry, both red and black, with hints of tobacco; just a whiff of oak that disappears after an hour; and also some plum and licorice. Acids were reasonably crisp and tannins still had some solid grip. Finish was fine and long. This was drinking very well for me tonight; neither older or younger would appeal to me more than what it is now. Two+ hours of decant min.
Fabulous, and at the height of its game. Five wine professionals thought this was young Bordeaux when first opened. Certainly the (38%) Franc component was prominent although not dominant. Good warmth, but with nonte of the attendant roast I expect from this vintage. Three hours later another wine professional was quite sure it was Italian -- lo, volatility had struck. Drink 2005-2010.
Dinner with friends (Pulcinella, Denver): Amazingly (and suprisenly) young with a dark and completely opaque red color. Ripe black currant, earth, tobacco, smoke and an assortment of herbal notes make up the majority of the nose. With air, this picked up a lovely spice component and the herbal notes smoothed out. Medium to full bodied palate that while tight, shows great concentration, depth and richness. Great stuff.
Deep reddish purple color. Big, big nose, full of red fruit and sage, wafted from the glass and across the table enough that Carolynn commented on it. Warm red fruit, currants, ink, and a rounded mouthfeel. The tannins are noticeable but nicely integrating at this stage. The finish seemed a bit short or else this would've merited one or two more points.
Would never have guess this as a cali cab. Nice dark red color wth some slight bricking on the edges. Classic paullic nose. Tobbaco, smoke, black berry. Full bodied with lots of acidity and great balance. Still has great structure and sweet well integrated tannin. Nice stuff. Needed to decant. Second day it wasn't so good but it could have been all the dregs at the bottom of the bottle.
Medium-dark ruby colour. Aromas of red currant, spice, leather, vanilla, and lead pencil. Medium-full bodied with spice and blackcurrant. Moderate finish, ~35-40s with black fruit. Needs a few more years to really strut its stuff.
Drank a bottle of this. More tannin in the end than what I remembered. Pretty nose and medium body. Elevated tannins at end. Maybe this is going through a bit of a dumb stage, but it wasn't what I'd hoped for.
drank bottle with lamb at our house. Decanted, but didn't get the full, rich flavors I expected/am use to. Probably still ok to drink early, but give some decant time to let it open up - it really didn't open up this time.