Very dark, youthful color; does not look like a 32 year old wine. Bob cites eucalyptus on the palate and says this could be Heitz. I like the sweetness of the fruit here. Stephen and Bob both find rose petals. With air, a round and balanced mouthfeel; really like this. Old school, well preserved CA Cab that is showing very nicely and elegant today. Lunch at Le Perigord.
A Fall Magnum Dinner in Toronto (Irongate, Toronto, ON): (from magnum) I quite like older Mondavis and this one followed the house style nicely. The complex and mature nose wafts dried orange peel, almond, mint/menthol, new leather, shoe polish, tea, coriander seed and some background cassis. The palate is drying and light, showing that this is fully mature. The nose is certainly better than palate on this enjoyable, mature cab. The finish is medium minus in length revealing an amaro liquer finish that I often associate with these older style napa cabs.
From a six liter bottle at the winery. Very developed but still quite sound this is a true testament to the glory that was Napa Valley Cabernet before the overripe monsters of today. Still vibrant and and quite sound.
Opened approximately 1 hour prior to serving. Pours a dark, brickish red. The aromas took a bit of time to unlock but once they did, this wine was marvelous. Ripe red cherry fruit leather, cassis, menthol, and leathery baseball glove all emerge. Excellent depth to the bouquet. On the palate it's got a light, structured mouthfeel yet retains good concentration. The menthol note runs right down the middle of the palate, cleaving fruit leather, plum, and cassis notes. Soft tannins and, surprise, still good acidity work to frame the fruit. The finish is smooth and subtle, more dusty-leather and a hint of peppercorn than fruity. This was drinking beautifully over the course of several hours.
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