Had this after 07 Bryant so perhaps unfair. PNP. A lighter wine, surprised this is 14.8% alcohol. Needed airtime. I think this should rest a few more years, but unsure if the structure is there to carry the fruit. So this probably needs to be consumed sooner than not. It's a very pleasant wine, and has finesse- but could use a bit more weight.
Multiple tastings with consistent notes. Decanted about 30 minutes, then consumed over the next 24 hours. I hadn't tasted since last December and I was a little shocked how good this was. Dark, rich fruit flavors, dust, smoked meat, good depth. Damn, I'm going to be sad when I drink my last bottle. More recent vintages of Cade (esp. '10) have let me down, this was the vintage that turned me into a Cade fan. Really, a great wine at this price point from the vintage of the decade. I'll hope for better vintages in the near future.
Multiple tastings with consistent notes. I'd put several bottles of this down and hadn't tasted in a while. Decanted about an hour then consumed over the next 24. Cork was perfect. Moderate amount of medium sized sediment. I have to say this is an excellent wine this a little age on it. Still pretty fruity, but dark, rich flavors. Drinking very well right now. Wish I had more. Cade is one of my favorite producers.
Pop and pour, then consumed over the next 24 hours. Moderate amount of medium to large pieces of sediment. Nice fruit flavors, thinning out a bit. A little brown on the edges, perhaps not aging as well as I'd like.
Threw into a decanter and consumed over 3+ hours. Deep inviting nose with blackberry, currant and oak. Taste is drive by ripe but not extracted fruit over tobacco, soy, and kirsh. Tannins as still pretty grippy as the night goes on. Makes me want more.
This wine has gotten better with age! In the past year and a half, there is more weight, concentration, rich dark, blackberry fruit with a long finish. Delicious hints of currant, milk chocolate along with silky smooth tannins. Sad this is my last bottle.
A very good Napa Cab but did not have the wow factor I was hoping for at this price from this vintage. Served with 1 1/2" Porterhouse steaks on the grill in Maine with a nice mood snow falling during the evening. Very smooth as the tannins were soft and mouth coating. The nose was lacking complexity though.
Opened and sipped on first night...closed up, nothing giving on the nose...competent, but no more...ah, but on night two, after simply being recorked and left on the counter - what a different wine. Wowser - lovely cedar on the nose, some mocha, deep rich fruit, exceptional balance. What a young Napa cab is all about. Ya gots to give it time...
Very drinkable and enjoyable wine, basically a toned down version of the fabulous 07 Plumpjack. Mild and somewhat subdued red and black fruit on the nose and front end with hints of leather and vanilla. Sweet tannins and oak quietly enter mid palate and finish, but don't dominate. Drinking well now, nowhere near as tannic as the Plumpjack, which may need 10 more years.
A good cab but could not run with the Foley Claret "08. A full bodied powerful wine that is still very young. Tanins are integrated with dark fruit and a little meat. Would be interested in trying again in two years.
I feel like this is a bit closed off from my last bottle. My previous bottle was lively and fresh but this bottle didn't have the fruit that I was expecting. I would wait to touch another bottle for at least 18 months in my opinion. This will be a great bottle again it will just take some time.
Rich and concentrated with active tannins that integrate with dark blackberry fruit. This wine is layered and has a finish that lasts for 30+ seconds. While this wine is drinking very nicely right now, believe it will only get better with some more age.
In a word wow! I was so surprised at how good this wine was. Paired perfectly with the bone in ribeye. Notes of coffee, chocolate fruit and the perfect amount of oak. This was the most integrated put together wine I have ever had.
Purchased at a great little wine shop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Popped and poured. Fantastic nose that started out dark fruit, chocolate, sweet tobacco and then developed more herbal notes (maybe sage) and blueberry. Palate of cherry and chocolate. Finish of mocha and some dark fruit. This is ready to drink now. No need to decant. High alcohol %, but was very well integrated.
Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of florals, smoke, black currants, white pepper and plums. Flavors of black berries, black cherries, black raspberries and a bit of currant on the finish. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now with some air or somewhere in the 2-6+/- year range.
This was a very tasty, easy to drink cab. It lacks the stuffing to be outstanding. It is simple and a little sweet on the palate with a candy quality to the red fruit. It has gotten deeper since I tasted it at the winery, so maybe bottle time will help add the complexity it needs. At this price and simplicity, a crowd pleaser but not a good QPR.
Big Red Tasting (Lukas Liquors - Martin City): Dark purplish red, light red rim; Nose: Candied cherry, not medicinal or syrupy, but cherry gummy. And that's it. Initially big, but wafted off very quickly; Palate: Light and supple but linear. Light cherry; In general this is pure tasting, not flawed, has medium acidity, but is one dimensional and not really very impressive.