Q3 Tasting - Aged Cali (The Apt): Wine #7: We'd had this wine a few months ago at a dinner and I was very impressed with it then and continued to be here. The fruit was a lot more striking than one would have expected although I think it was more muted and balanced a bit more with cigar and leather than some of the other wines. I do wonder what some more time would do. We opened and decanted and it prob had over an hour before the first pour and yet it was youngish. I have a feeling another 10 years would add quite well to the wine. (4 pennies)
Q3 Tasting - Aged California Wines - Pre 2006 (New York, NY): #7 of 20 wines tasted double blind. The color is ruby red with no bricking. On the palate this tastes older than the color would denote - the fruit is more subdued and it has an earthiness. Very soft and subtle, so perhaps suffers in such a big line up of bolder flavors. I like this but does not really stand out for me - Middle of the pack. The group had this tied for 11th place with six others at 2 pennies.
Drank from half bottle that was decanted 2 hours. Cork came out but crumbled into bits with some stuck on the sides. Still a tons of acid and tannin. The rich dark fruit found in the 91 is not present in the 92 which is dominated by smokey leather, eucalyptus, damp wood, and mossy earth. Nicely made with time left but just not my style.
Shockingly young upon opening, with significant wood on the nose. After 30 minutes air time, the nose and palate took on appealing depth with dark fruit leading to soil tones leading to dark savory spices. This bottle needed at least 5 years, if not more. 93+
Very dark, remarkably youthful garnet colour. Very pure cabernet nose - it might be 20% merlot, but the merlot's hiding from me. A sweet, pure cab palate with lots of tobacco flavours. Hefty tannins on the finish.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - slightly bricking medium dark red violet color; nice mushroom, dried mushroom, tart currant nose; tasty, poised, silky textured, tart currant, mushroom palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish
(Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - nearly opaque red violet color; maturing, tobacco, cigar box, dried berry nose; tasty, poised, ripe cassis, dried berry, tart plum, tobacco palate with a touch of menthol, much younger tasting than suggested by the nose; medium-plus finish (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot; decanted for 2 and a half hours)
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