Very pleasant, easy to drink wine. Black cherry and black raspberry flavors in a fruit forward palate. Tannins are already well integrated and the mouthfeel is fleshy yet clean. Some earthiness on the finish. A crowd pleaser right out of the bottle.
Last of two bottles bought in 2009. This is ready to drink now, not sure how much longer it would have held score. Dense, black cherry color with a crimson halo. Heavy sediment in the bottle and on the filter during a slow decant. Mini-sediment specks detected while checking out the heavy, slow legs. A bit closed upon decant, needs a breath or two. Nice overall experience with prevelent dark fruit, oak and spice.... but this never developed a "wow" factor. It just laid there being pretty, not moving to any beat.
Recently picked up 6 figured we'd give one a taste. Decanted 30 minutes and consumed over the next 3 hours. Got some dusty wood and black cherry on the nose. Taste shows ripe red / black fruit, coca and oak. Get a sense of the alcohol on transition from mid to finish. Tannins drive the mouth feel.
Dusty crimson color. Started out a bit restrained but three hours of decanting opened it up considerably. Very woody, cedar-like nose, with some vanilla and cocoa notes. Palate is a nice balance of raspberry fruit flavors and a bit of sous bois. Tannins have mellowed significantly, but very little finish on this actually. Solidly made cabernet and drinking well right now, but I'm glad I didn't try to cellar this for a decade.
Consistent with previous notes, incredibly smooth and easy to drink with a good decant. Was still great on day #2 and 3, quite amazed how well it held up - in fact the third day of having the bottle open was my favorite glass.
Popped and poured. Medium-plus deep, ruddy purple/garnet. Forward aromas of cocoa powder, vanilla bean spice, cherry cola...seems almost drenched with oak. Medium-plus body. On the palate, dark fruits are again combined with overly overt, sweet oak notes of vanilla, crushed spices, and toast. Didn't evolve after further aeration in any significant way. Somewhat chunky tannins on the moderate close. Seems to be an awkward place right now...would be best to age and hope the oak integrates.
Quick comment: Not sure if there's some bottle variation or simply that my palate was off...but this wasn't nearly at the level of a bottle tasted last summer.
Decanted for 2 1/2 hours. This is a great QPR for $35.00. I have had this wine several times and it has been very consistent. Blueberries, cherry and oak. Full bodied and a long finish. This should cellar for many more years.
Mixed Bag of Nice Reds (Edina): A really nice wine for the money. Second time trying this and as good as the first. Decanted 1.5 hours and Vinturi (2 times). Cherry, plum, blueberries and oak. The palate shows oak but it is well integrated. Still medium tannins and lengthy finish. Should drink well for five plus years.
This is a nice wine wiht blueberries, spice, floral, perfume and tobacco. This was decanted and Vinturied for over 2 hours and it needed it. Not a pop and pour which no 07 should ever be. Medium to long finish and this will improve with cellaring. 92-94.
Zindfandel and Ribfest 2011 (Judith's House): Very dark red color. Nose has ripe fruit, must, damp earth, sweet cassis, pleasant oak The palate has mediium-full body, consistent notes, a bit more oak on the finish, but the fruit comes through still. 90+pts.
Popped and poured. Medium-plus dark purple hue, still quite youthful. A bit tight on the nose upon opening, after 30 minutes of air it begins to open and shows aromas of blackberry, black currant, mint, and a touch of spice from toasted oak. Medium-plus body. Quite traditional for a 2007, the oak has integrated nicely compared to release and flavors of dark fruits along along with notes of cedar and tobacco work in harmoniously with one and other. The oak is certainly still present but, to reiterate, has integrated much further and actually comes across as refined and in perfectly proportioned with the fruit. All in all, what was once disjointed now shows as a very traditionally styled Napa Cab, the tannins of which are firm and somewhat astringently taught on the moderate close. That said, this clearly has a bright future and should be much more accessible with another 3-5 years in the cellar and will go much longer. If opening now be sure to aerate for 30-60 minutes and pair with a hunk of grilled meat!
Really not doing it for me tonight. Very grapey, over extracted with no complexity and short unpleasant finish. Day 2: After sitting in decanter overnight this developed nicely with more complexity and a more muted fruit profile. 84 first night, 88 second.
Tasty, classic Cal cab that we enjoyed with steak on the grill, the only food that really pairs with these wines, IMO. Typical chocolate covered cherries with alcohol. A highly enjoyable if somewhat one-dimensional wine. Ready to drink now, and I wouldn't recommend holding this more than another year or two.
Purple color, and moderately expressive, this cabernet exhibits surmaturité, similar to what I found with the Zinfandels made by this producer. There are loads of red and black fruit, supported by a sleek frame. Drink or hold.
Very pleasantly surprised with this bottle. Decanted two hours allowing the dark fruit to open on the nose. Black currant, blackberry and vanilla on the palate with hints of tobacco. Nice structure and acidity. finish is not particularly long but a very pleasant wine for the dollars.
Decanted for two hours. Excellent nose, but fairly harsh tannins. After 3+ hours, the tannins faded and the wine was drinking much better. Waiting another 9 to 12 months before trying another bottle. Solid effort for the price.
The wine looks Inky colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Black currant (cassis), and Raisin. It tastes like Black currant (cassis), Blueberry, Blackberry, Oak, and Vanilla. The body is Full. The wine is textured Leathery. The wine finishes Long.
Bought this to show Schrader my love and they show it right back with this great cab for the price. Initially tight nose that eventually gave up some black currant and oak. Medium bodied mouth feel with some complex black cherry tobacco notes. Strong acidity and tannins are blended well together in a somewhat drying finish. Didn't expect to get something that can age and gain complexity but that is what this looks like. Well done.
Fun wine to drink. Plenty of fruit and round tannins. The concentration is not that of its bigger brother, yet it was a tasty and enjoyable wine. Notes of blueberries on the palette and plenty of fruit without being a fruit bomb... this Bomber X delivers good value for the money. Nice acidity and structure. Made to be drunk relatively young.
Popped and poured. Medium-plus purple/red hue. Initially a bit tight, this opened up after about an hour to show pleasant notes of black currant, blackberry, earth, and oak. Medium-plus body. As with the nose, this young wine took about 60 minutes to really begin expressing itself on the palate...and even then, it never seemed to settle. However, there is a very nice core of plummy fruit, vanilla bean, and oak (which lends an interesting hint of banana) plus chewy yet unobtrusive tannins that help carry the the flavors through on the moderate finish. This wine just needs a few years to settle down and may drink well for many more. (88-90)
Aromas of currant, cassis and berry are followed by flavors of currant, cherry and dark fruits. The finish is lasting and the tannins are well integrated. I opened and let sit for 30 minutes. This could age a couple years, but is really good young.
This was delicious. Rich earthy Napa fruit - I'd guess Rutherford if it weren't for the modest price. Simple and easy to enjoy, without any obvious flaws (overoaking, overripeness). Lots of Cali cabs at this price point (and 10x this price point) disappoint, but this one is solid.