Coravin taste. With a bit of air, this has certainly smoothed out compared to my bottle in August 2011. No signs of the overt heat that I mentioned in my previous TN. Lots of dark fruit still, but this lacks complexity, acidity, and verve for my palate. Little in the way of secondary character (at least of types that I like). These should probably be drunk in the next couple of years. Tasted alongside a Coravin sample of the 2006 St Clement Oroppas, and I much preferred the Oroppas. It had more energy (mainly due to adequate acidity), some forest floor on the nose and some slight herbal notes on the palate to keep it interesting. Another example of how my tastes in Napa Cab do not align with JL of WS. Cabs that I really like (Togni, Corison, Conn Valley) he frequently pans, and vice-versa.
A dark nose of blackberry, black cherry, cedar, herb, tobacco and spice lead way to a silky medium bodied sweet silky palate with a seamless integration and finishes with dusty tannins on the finish. This wine has improved since I last had it.
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