Dark garnet, no bricking. Nose of blackberry, smoke, cassis and a tiny bit of lead pencil. Palate is dense, layered. Very smooth texture. Sweet red and black fruits, oak toast, graphite, herbs and some black pepper. Great balance and length. Tannins are now quite resolved. Excellent, long finish with a spicy twist. This is now (and probably for the next three to five years) drinking at its peak.
Deep purple with a slightly brownish rim. Warm berry nose (boysenberry, raspberry, black currants) with just a little sweet oak which quickly disappeared after opening. Very firm, acid-driven structure upon opening, medium body. Lots of sediment. After 3 hours in the decanter the wine softened and more flavors such as dried herbs, black cherry and chocolate emerged. Tasted blind, I would have mistaken this for a mature Bordeaux, perhaps a St.Estèphe. Great to drink now, but both the tannins and the acidity are there for another 5 years. Lovely.
High-toned nose of exotic brown spice, candied cherries, dried leaves, and bittersweet chocolate. Very refined on the palate, with elegant red fruits (cherry, currant, açai), a medium bodied texture that's somehow both supple and austere, and an acid-driven structure that's somehow delicate but firm. While the long finish carries good fruit (incl. bitter cherry) and tannins that suggest Indian spices, secondary characteristics like the aforementioned dried leaves are just beginning to show, so this has some time to develop further. Note, this was bottled in 1997 but is a library release ca. spring 2009.
Dark cherry and chocolate on the nose. A full bodied wine, w/some solid tannic structure. Should continue to improve for 7-10 years. Opened 12/31, left in fridge, and let warm up today before tasting. Tastes much better today than New Year's Eve, when we drank it alongside a Robert Mondavi '81 cab.. More like a bordeaux than a cabernet. If you can find, Renaissance wines, well worth a try.