I haven't had a Maybach in a couple of years. A 20 oz. perfectly grilled rib steak from Flannery demanded it. Big wine, but stays this side of over the top. I prefer higher acid but somehow this all works.
This was my first time trying the Maybach Materium and yes it was a stunner. Popped and poured to glass but got about 30 mins airtime in glass before trying. Just a beautifully made well balanced Napa cab with the right mix of dark fruits, tobacco, acid and earth. Long finish - drinking really well right now.
Drank this at Berserkerfest at Peking Duck House in NYC. First time I opened this several years ago, it was delicious. Now, I think the wine is much improved with additional years that have settled in the bottle. No rush to drink my last bottle. The wine was very smooth and elegant. Got better over 90 minutes. It was my WOTN at the California Cab table. Someone was gracious enough to bring this bottle.
This is the bomb. Decanted for two hours before serving. I let the bottle sit upright for about an hour before opening, then poured it very gently into the decanter, but the last 25 percent or so had a huge amount of sediment that covered the neck of the decanter, and there was still a large amount of sediment left in the bottle.
I am writing this note a couple of days later and did not take notes while tasting, so this is going to be short on specifics. The nose was not overpowering, but wafted from the decanter, deliciously hedonistic, with rich floral and fruit components – so tempting. The first sip confirmed this wine is a monster. The term "hefty" doesn't do it justice. It had so much body that rolled over the tongue with a luxurious touch, so smooth, round and weighty. Despite a two-hour decant the first sip was still super tight, with powerful tannins and even a hint of alcohol which I had never before detected in other vintages of Materium. But no worries as it was just a bit high-strung having just escaped the bottle a couple of hours prior. In short time all of the components began to integrate, and when it all came together, Wow! Three of us drank the bottle over the course of a two-hour dinner (yes, we drank it slowly), and by the end of the meal the wine was a very different beast.
To me, one indicator of a great wine is how it evolves in the glass over time – not just changing for change's sake, but changing for the better so that each taste gets better and better and the last swallow leaves you yearning for more. This Materium was no exception and kept improving sip after sip until the three of us who shared the bottle all were overwhelmed with just how tremendous it was by the end. Layers and layers of dark, velvety fruit, with an undercurrent of loamy terroir and a profound structure holding it all together. I have enjoyed several vintages of the Materium, but this was my first 2008 and probably the most powerful Materium I've had. If I were to do anything differently I would recommend decanting for at least four or five hours before drinking to give it the time it needs to truly evolve. I still have two of these left, and don't plan to open another for several years. For anyone who has the time, I could see this wine aging gracefully for decades.
Two for Valentines - Maybach, Epoch (Home): Whoa. This was outstanding and the best showing yet for this wine. And you know what, it may get a bit better from here. Pop and pour and this was singing from the beginning. The bottle didn't last that long but in the hour or two we drank it, it got rounder and smoother if not better. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, coffee, slight tobacco and leather. Really nice. On the palate, there is a wonderful velvety lush texture. Juicy fruit. Cassis, dark cherries with slight chocolate. Light tannins. Long finish. One of those wines that taste so good, every sip makes you want another one. Lots of sediment at the end.
Decanted for 45 min., then drank over 1 hour. So dark & rich, with ripe delicious fruit. Tight at first & even a bit with last sip; still has plenty of time to mature though it was an exceptional treat now. Expect higher score in future.
This needs a 4-6 decant to get going. Slightly closed upon opening but this is a huge wine. Not as approachable from the start as the 2010 & 2012. This will go a lot longer in the bottle. This had the typical Maybach dark fruit and chocolate with some mint. Awesome wine!
Pop and pour and followed for several hours. Gorgeous nose of dark berries (blue, black, blackcurrants), earth, a bit of wood. It's a bit hard to describe as the scents are lifted and sweet. The palate on the other hand consists of streaks of delicious red fruit (strawberries, raspberries) layered over the dark berries. It's sort of like the world's best fruit compote. Very good acidity, perfectly integrated tannins, long finish. Wow.
Similar notes as my last tasting, however, drank this bottle next to a 2009 Tor Kenward Beckstoffer To-Kalon Clone 6 cab and I thought the Tor was better - although both were very good. The fruit of the Materium was deeper and darker but I thought the flavor profile of the Tor was better. Slow ox for two hours, decanted for another two, and drank over another three. Both were drinking really well after the decant.
What a beautiful cab. Really deep/vibrant/full fruit throughout, nice flavor profile, really smooth, tremendous balance, and nice deep/long lasting finish. Fairly rich but not too rich for me. Drank next to a 2010 Lewelling Wight and it was a toss-up - actually quite similar profiles. Slow ox for one hour, decanted for another two, and drank over another two. Improved with time but appeared to be in a sweet spot after around one hour. I personally can't see this vintage getting much better with more time at least for my preference in deep/bold/vibrant 'new world' cabs.
The ripe note has not subsided. Sweet jammy black fruit, cassis, blueberry jam, nutmeg and coffee. Even denser than what I recall. If you are a big fan of riper style Cal cab, your score will be a couple points higher. If you love Maybach style, this is the wine for you.
Another Saturday at Chevalier...Mostly Blind (Chicago, IL): Tasted double blind. Easy to identify as New World wine made in an extreme, ultra concentrated style. This is a fun wine that is easy to enjoy, and others enjoyed this a lot, but I would find it difficult to enjoy more than a glass.
3 for my birthday (Maybach, Saxum, Clos des Papes) (My Home): Pop and pour, this needed about an hour to start to open. Luckily we had time. Purple in color. At first a bit port like but that changes with air. The nose has cassis, leather, a bit of vanilla and a bit of charred wood. Full bodied. Lots of depth. Showing nice layering as it unwinds in the glass. Great texture. Long finish. Worked just fine with dinner.
NOTE: This was also an amazing wine. It was served a little warm so the alcohol was a little more pronounced, but all enjoyed it. Better than the 2006, this was almost as good as the 2008 Schrader GIII. It had a mix of black and red fruits, nice balance, and more elegance than the Schrader. Lovely wine. The bottle went fast at the WS El Bulli dinner.
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Pop and pour, drank over two nights. I had this while back was hoping that the extremely ripe fruit character has subsided. Extremely ripe fruit expression, a bit overripe for my palate, strong cassis and oak note to start, also dark cherry which I don’t like in a napa cab, dark spices, mineral and earth. Sort of medium concentration for a cult cab, the ripe sweet fruit may give the impression of great concentration, IMO. The ripe fruit expression combined with strong presence of oak reminded me an Aussie red on steroid. If you don’t mind the ripeness, you will enjoy this a lot more.
Opened and decanted at DaMarco restaurant. This wine seems to have reached a nice early level of early maturity with an elegant nose of cherry/cassis and a palate coating texture and nice flavors of dark cherries, tobacco, licorice, blueberry and blackbery. A medium finish with a mild detraction of a sort of American Oak funkiness (although it seems likely that this wine is aged in 100% French Oak) that takes away a bit from the purity of flavors. Still an outstanding Cabernet at he early end of a good 10 years of prime drinking.
Intense nose of cardamom infused black raspberries with some pure red currant. Palate shows the same black/red fruits wot a slightly elevated acidity. Eight months have been very kind to this one. Its has some nice lushness and sense of presence. Tannins are cmplicated and intense. Finish is long. While is is not in my top group of Materiums (a bit hi-toned), I enjoyed it nonetheless with my son on his arrival from school for the last half of the week. It lasted about 1 hour.
Background: Purchased from mailing list. First Maybach. Don't touch high end Napa cab very often (due to $$$). In general, I enjoyed this wine. Its a big wine, but not as "big" as say a SQN or Harlan. It doesn't have stewed or raisin-y fruit. Big black fruits with a streak of red fruit. Fine grained tannins. Very similar to TRB's Rivers-Marie cabs (which are half the price). Would be interested to try this down the road.
Blind Tasting of 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Thomas Rivers Brown: The nose opens with medicinal dark cherries -- think sweet cherry Robitussin. That's followed by more dark cherries, tobacco, graphite, and anise, along with a hint of spring flowers and some overripe black fruits. It’s reminiscent of an Amarone. The wine is a bit hollow in the mid-palate and the tannins are hardly noticeable wine. So it's remarkably chuggable.
A terrific bottle of cab that showed great after 3 hours of decanting. Certainly the best bottle of Materium I've had the pleasure of drinking. Although this bottle showed well I still think it has some upside and may improve over the next few years and then hold for at least another 5 years. Wish I had more than one bottle left in my cellar.
From .375 Robust wine with smooth tannins and bursting dark fruits. A hedonistic treat at the moment that I think will merit and reward long term aging. Good amount of oak and a tad hit of heat hit the back of the throat keep this from a monumental score, but no doubt one of the finest wines I have purchased and consumed.
Consumed with the 2007 Maybach as well. I'd put the 2008 a point higher, but they are very close. The 2008 is an extraordinary wine that has lush fruit right out of the gate and the structure behind it opened after about 30 minutes adding depth to the wine.
Cork was stuck in the bottle and attempts to remove it resulted in the neck of the bottle breaking and glass everywhere. Fun! **UPDATE** Was able to remove the cork very carefully from the half-bottle and slow ox-ed in the cellar for eight hours. Carefully as not to get glass bits into the bottle, poured two glasses with dinner. Opaque in the glass (very very dark), the nose was slightly muted but still displayed a bouquet of dark fruits and a little baking spice. On the palate, still very primary with black cherry and sweet oak as well and firm tannins, with a hint of spicyness and floral overtones. A little heat at the end of the long finish. Put the rest of the bottle back in the cellar to try on day two. Day 2 notes: Much more expressive on the nose - ample fruits, cassis, a hint of baking spice. On the palate, sweet oak has mellowed with much more expressive dark fruits with a more pronounced floral sweetness, but the tannins are definitely still there. Excellent integration with no heat on the extremely long finish. Recommend a long slow-ox or extended decant, or burying this in your cellar for a few more years.
(Opened 2 hours earlier, no decant. In retrospect, I should have double decanted 4 hours previous) Nose of buttered popcorn (Supersized, UA Theaters). I am not sure I ever experienced anything like it in any other Materium, and I’ve had them all. Still primary and slightly clumsy, this was near full blown (most of any I have had) with black & blue fruits ruling. I got some warm vanilla, currants, pomegranate and blueberry. I also got hints of cardamom, crème de cassis and black tea. After 5 minutes the vanilla oak notes blew nearly all away leaving a little more polish and elegance. Upon re-tasting an hour or two later it started hitting a stride, telling me to wait a few years until my next; duh! Finish was admirable. Let them rest.
Mixed Bag... (Roberts House, Philadelphia PA): delicious. dark nose of black cherry, black pepper, and clove, with some chocolate also showing on the palate. ridiculously long finish. well balanced despite being very forward and full bodied. tannins need some air or aging (this was decanted 6 hours)
On this night, I found this wine boozy. Coffee and cologne in the aromatic, suggestive of big oak to me. Silky palate, however, and very sexy, opulent. Not overly complex to me, though. Showed coconut and fresh red and black fruits on finish. I like the palate much more than the aromatic. Just a bit too big for me, I believe.
taste: Full bodied with a real plush feel. Extremely good depth but with extracted tones of dark red cherries, oak, loads of vanilla and some liqueur tones as well.
overall: this was the sixth blind wine we had. Wasn't really all that impressed with it and the extraction was kinda of nauseating. The oak is blunting though and that's where it drags down a lot for me.
Popped and poured, drank half right away, the rest four hours later. Big, rich, dark, luscious cab. Black color, dark fruits on the nose with a bit of mocha. Light tannins, smooth finish. Very nice wine.
Decanted for about an hour, then drank over the next few hours. Nose really didn't show too much - dark berries and something like eucalyptus. Taste is heavy on blackberries, as well as some coffee. A bit hot on the finish. I will be interested to see how my other bottle develops.
nose - walnut or some sort of wood mouth - great dark cherry fruit followed by a luscious mocha accented midpalate extending well into the finish. For lovers of caramel lattes, this wine comes across to me as too desertified and mocha oaky. Yummy for what it is but not terribly complex. A dubious QPR.
Drank this at Berserkerfest at Barbetta in NYC. This is a flavorful wine that's very smooth and elegant. Slight tannins. This was the first bottle to 'disappear' at our table. I'll save my other bottle for a long long time.
Opened an hour before tasting and drank over next two hours. Very fine effort. Like the '07 this seems to cover all of the different fruit spectrums (red/black/blue). Also has a little charcoal element. Surprisingly smooth and approachable tannins at this young age. For me, a better early-drinking candidate than the '07 version.
My first look at the 08 - a very pure, vibrant Maybach. As expected, this shows mind bending extract and concentration, but plenty of juicy acidity keeps all the volume in check. Interesting, gamey Syrah like notes on the nose. Deep black fruits dominate, with a nice ribbon of red fruit through the mid palate and finish. This is one of the more layered and complex Maybach's from the last few vintages. I love the tannin profile TRB consistently achieves from this site - chalky, voluminous and quite fine. They build on the palate and lend considerable length to finish, keeping that impression of red fruit around between sips. This only saw an hour of air and lasted a short two thereafter. It demands more prep than I gave it, but certainly no regrets drinking it. I'll give my remaining stash a couple more years in the cellar, or at least 3-4 hours of decant if enjoying another one in 2012.
Deep dark oasis of blackberry, black cherry and blueberry. I would have guessed Grace Family Vineyards if blind. Vibrant fruit, plump and juicy. Vanlla on the backend. American Oak, unsure? Still very young with an awesome floral bouquet.
Rivers Marie, Maybach, Sineann: This was very good, but seemed like it was hiding a lot. I usually drink one of these young, before they shut down, but perhaps I waited a bit long on this. It was not decanted either. Lots of good fruit, a hint of green bell pepper. Great texture. Quite monolithic. I will hold my others for a while as I think it will improve. I don't know that it will be in a class with the 07 though.
Opened and poured a taste. Huge perfumed nose of blackberries, blueberries and oak. Move forward after a few hour decant and this is tight tight tight. With vigorous swirling the nose comes out a bit but overall this is shutting down and very tight right now. The more time I spent with it in glass though the more the little nuances that should gain in intensity with age were coming out. Nice structure, balance but just too young. Could be a rock star in a few years.
The more I drank this wine the more I liked it. Nice nose, good finish, but the complexity was surprising. Seemed like I was tasting a different berry with each drink. All in all a nice wine. Drinking a little early but with great potential.
Decanted for 2+ hours, consumed over 3 hours. Lush, sweet blueberry taste with a lingering finish and wonderful mouthfeel. Nose was similar, though a bit more muted and with a tinge of alcohol that I didn't get on the palate. Everyone agreed it was a tremendous wine, and just blew the doors off the poor '06 Cakebread cab that was also opened alongside. Excellent fruit quality, soft but definitely with a good balance of acidity to keep it from any flabbiness. Just a really impressive wine, despite drinking it so early. 96-97, other reviewers are right on the money here.
Wow. Open for business right from the start and does not stop giving it up all night long. Luscious blackberry fruit mixed with an amazingly soft texture. It'll be very hard to avoid opening more of this in the future as it is absolutely delicious right now. Easily topped the 08 Spottswoode and 08 Hourglass tonight.