Following a dazzling Tolo Chard, this was another superstar bottle. It has shed all of the forward primary fruit and landed in a place that is lighter and perfumed and demands food to bring out layers with an as yet just strong enough line of acidity and light tannin. Cassis and grilled herbs float lightly with red plums and spice, very bordeaux. Finishes with cedar and subtle black cherry. A beautifully aged cabernet with real elegance.
Generously brought by my in-laws to share alongside a special occasion dinner of rib-eyes and fixings. Decanted ~4 hours, consumed over 1 1/2 hours. Dark berries, dried Italian spices, black olive and anise, something on the nose reminding me of a hot afternoon in the Sierras.
The concentrated fruit and healthy level of acidity mask the 15.3% alcohol well and makes this seem remarkably young - the only signs of age were the amount of sediment and the very slightest touch of a brownness in the color. This has everything it needs to keep going for years to come.
Overall, maybe not quite as harmonious as our bottle from a few years ago, but still something special.
Pop and pour into decanter. Freaking delicious. No signs of age in color or on the palate, this bottle is immortal. Fresh berries, stem and forest floor, bubblegum, perfume/florals, black currant, cedar, exotic spices. Round and full, with good proportion and excellent line. Medium long finish of perfume, berries, and tannic grip. This will make old bones, the tannins and the acid are still there, and the bottle still is not throwing much if any sediment. Hands down, classic cab for the princely sum of $35. More notes to come...
Double decanted 8hrs and brought to dinner. This shows no signs of age in color and still has tremendous legs. Smooth, round tannin, and some tertiary flavors of olive and leather are making their way into the black cherry and currant with slight herb. Still tastes like something from Oakville. I put a cork in it at half full and was hoping to get the same experience as last time after 24 hours. No such luck this time. I have no problem letting the last couple sit for awhile.
Decanted 4 hours, consumed over 2 hours. This was the star bottle of our recent anniversary trip. Enticing, if not effusive aromas of blackberry pie, leather, and a hint of toasty oak. On the palate, a lovely spiciness comes out, cinnamon and allspice along with reduced blackberries, cherries, and currants which persist into a nice long finish. Tannins are present but subdued, and a little acidic edge does help to balance out a subtle perceived sweetness.
Excellent now, but this has years ahead of it. One of the best cabs I've ever had. 93+
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