Christmas eve w/ 2 2 hour decant. Surprisingly laid back nose compared to past Schraders (since 2005) - but opened nicely. Seafoam Manor review is spot on. Would be 98+ with aromatics of some of the other Schraders for me. I'm being harsh w the 95 as I'm comping it to other Schraders -Still the Prime for me is 5 plus years away.
The wine looks ruby colored and the legs are medium. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like red currant, raspberry, stoniness, espresso, oak and vanilla - what I call a royal combination. It tastes like raspberry, red currant, espresso, cedar and vanilla with significant complexity and coating mouthfeel - silky with graininess. The body is medium/full. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity. All in all fantastic. Did not need to spend a lot of time open or oxidizing.
Decanted for almost two hours and it was very much open and ready to go. The color is shockingly dark to the point of being impenetrable to light. The nose is a little reticent, but it shows blueberries, blackberries, sweet vanilla oak and sage-like herbs. The palate is still rather primary with big blue and black fruits, nicely integrated oak and slightly bitter coffee and dark chocolate notes. The tannins are there, but well integrated and very fine. The real strength of this wine lies in the finish. It just keeps building, gaining complexity and it goes on forever. Clearly big, fruit forward, Napa, but done so expertly that there is a flat out deliciousness that is undeniable. This has the stuffing to last for a long time.
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