great wine here. i am a huge fan of the back vintage cali style and this 99 is just about the tail end of that. opened up nicely in the decanter with well integrated tannins and awakened as i drank. i would say this is a definite drink now but could also live the next two years. this was a great value as well. great conversation wine. very crowd friendly. and is not an overoaked fruit bomb. drink up!
Turning maroon at edge, tearing mild. Intense aroma of fruit with blackcurrant being the main driver. A barrage of fruitiness, berries, liquorish and strong sense of chocolate streaming and staring at me. Long lingering after-taste of around 40 seconds with mid-tannin. The wine is peaked and should be drunk in 2013 if not had already.
Aerated with Vinturi and decanted for 30 minutes. Nose of currant, cherry, tobacco and tar. Dark fruit and coarse tannins lead to a medium to long finish. This bottle seemed out of balance and past its prime.
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