Deep, dark garnet in color with only slight clearing at the edges. Fragrant, forward & attractive nose of mature & complex nose of fruit aromas of dark cherries, plums & cassis with overtones of cedar, tobacco, leather, some floral notes of violets, earthy, dusty, minty, herbs, dark cocoa, some spices & minerals. Full bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced, silky smooth textured, mature & complex ripe dark fruits of cherries, plums & cassis with earthiness, minty, dark cocoa, herbs, spices and minerals. Long lingering smooth finish. Drinks quite well at present and although it may be at its peak of development, it appears to have the structure and ripe fruit flavors to continue holding at its current plateau of maturity although any further development with additional aging is highly unlikely. A wonderful example of a well-aged & mature Napa Cabernet at 40 years of age & still going strong. [A blend of 94% Eisele Vineyard Cabernet & 6% Oakville Merlot; Alc. @ 13.8%]
This is some wine! 94% Eisele cabernet, 6% merlot. Very aromatic nose of sweet currants and mocha. Big, tannic wine, has has an elegance to it as well. Ripe cabernet fruit dominates the palate, with some leather and earthy notes. Tannic and a slight musty taste on the back end, but the mouth watering finish goes on and on. Amazing wine, at 37 years old, that will last many more years.
Even better than the last bottle, color is youthful as ever and surely this can last 10 more years. Only one glass this time and took 3 hours to enjoy it. When tasted blind, one friend thought it was a 10 year Bordeaux!
D.C. Dinner for Greg Golec (Toscana Cafe - DC): Mature nose of leaves, cedar, pipe tobacco and leather. The fruit was mostly hidden behind these tertiary tones, but was more evident on the palate. i thought this was particularly elegant with cranberry, violets, forest floor, and cedar tones on the palate. An iconic American producer nails this bicentennial cuvee.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.