Cork broke when opening, I was worried. Initial funky chemical aroma on initial decant and poured a half glass for a quick taste, still worried. An hour later, the funk & chemical nose was gone and the wine was starting to soar. Asked my wife to taste... and what was in the taste glass was quickly dispatched as she nodded approval. Dinner a few hours later, ribeye with good friends. Notes of fresh loam, dark fruits are ever present, so well integrated that they were very hard to distinguish particulars; a very long, soft, smooth, mouth watering finish. Wow. Minutes long!
Great to taste this wine again! As in my previous note I wrote that this wine comes close to perfection. Beautiful dark fruits, coffee, cinnamon, a beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity and silky soft tannin with a lot of power. Probably a great pleasure from now until at least 2025. I love this wine!
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(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Opaque red violet color; rich, ripe berry, almost porty, boysenberry nose; rich, youthful, black fruit, ripe berry, boysenberry, blackberry puree palate with sweet, firm tannins; approachable now but could use 3 years; long finish 93+ points
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