1500 Parker Points of Wines (GHT): In an amazing flight, this was my and most peoples WOTF. A couple found the oak a bit problematic though. I love SHS. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, cigar tobacco, spice, and some licorice. On the palate, the texture is incredible. Juicy, velvety and muscular. Delicious. Each sip makes me want another. Complex. Accessible but there are some smooth tannins. This has a long life left as well. The is the third straight time I have scored this wine 100. Gorgeous.
2.5 hours after coravan'ing a very large glassful. Purple ink coloring with coffee, currants and tight, dark fruit on the nose. Wine is approachable but still noticeably tight- more dark fruit, juicy ripe blackberry, bittersweet chocolate. Pretty obvious a Calicab but well-done and well-integrated and with many years to evolve and soften further.
Blind tasting (but I was not blind). Nose shows baking spice, dark qualities, not as showy as expected. Palate a little disappointing as well, though big structure, shows notes you would expect like dark chocolate, fresh herbs, black plums, blackberry, maybe graphite. Just not "singing" or wow complexity. Wait a few years on this one. The group guessed several things, Napa Merlot, Sonoma Cab, Napa Cab, some Shiraz (alcohol 15.5).
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