This is still open for business. Full Napa Cabernet with nice fruit, balance, and excellent texture. I also opened an '04 Mondavi Stags Leap District and the group was about evenly split on their preference. I gave the nod to the Stags Leap wine.
Decanted for 90 minutes; minimal sediment. Deep cherry red color. Blackberry, coffee and vanilla on the nose. Delightful, mouth-filling medium-to-full bodied dark berries with bright acids and soft tannins and a medium-to-long finish. Not much complexity, but quite enjoyable, and should drink well for another couple of years. At under $40, a reasonably good QPR.
Tasted alongside a 2004 Turnbull. Unlike when I did the same tasting in 2014, the Turnbull was now the more elegant of the two, with better structure and longer finish. The Mondavi was still good, but much more fruit-forward and simple.
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