Had a dinner with the 1994 Tertre Rôteboeuf, 2002 Shafer Hillside Select and 1999 Ridge Monte Bello. Only the Shafer was decanted, the other two were opened and sat in the bottle for about 45 minutes before serving. The WOTN for me was the Ridge, followed by the Shafer. But all three were outstanding.
The Shafer is tasting much younger than 15 years, as it still has gobs of fruit. Huge amounts of vanilla both on the nose and in the taste. Very long finish. This is a great wine and I'm sure it will last for years and years.
Not the best showing for this wine, I've had it being much better. Red currants, dark red fruits and cooking spices and a finish that had a bit of a metallic taste in it. It was still good but a disappointment overall.
Big cab dinner at Morton's - 07 Maybach, Ovid, Insignia and etc. (Morton's - Reston, VA): From the same batch as the last two bottles. This seems to shed the opulent prime fruits a bit which accentuates the irony mineral expression. This bothers RJ a lot as he doesn’t care for the “iron” in Napa cab. On the other hand, it doesn’t bother me. Expressive nose displaying blueberries, blackberries, licorice, iron, lead pencil and bitter chocolate, Excellent concentration, strong presence of mineral that gives the impression of iron, silky and polished, more noticeable tannins than the previous bottles and long finish that ends with an iron note. This seems a bit angular/structure driven. Nevertheless I found it really enjoyable.
Decanted for about an hour then drank with kona rubbed lamb chops at the capital grille. The wine had lost some of the brilliant color but was aromatic and perfectly integrated. Dark fruit and a long lingering finish. Great wine and pairing
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(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Opaque red violet color; rich, ripe berry, almost porty, boysenberry nose; rich, youthful, black fruit, ripe berry, boysenberry, blackberry puree palate with sweet, firm tannins; approachable now but could use 3 years; long finish 93+ points
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