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Community Tasting Notes (172) Avg Score: 90.5 points

  • PnD let air for 1hr. drank 2/3 of the bottle over 2hrs. Dark claret saturated purple to the rim. Smoky fig cassis vanilla blueberry pepper and meat on the nose. Medium weight with generous ripe tannins. Big blue and black flavours with a touch of soy vanilla peppered beef jerky. Lingering blueberry finish with cleansing acidity. Delicious and sorry to see off my last bottle which was the best of all. Peaking nicely.

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  • C: Noticeable lightening of the color. N: Earthy black fruit, must, dusty cellar. Not particularly expressive. P: Black fruit, some licorice, dried herbs and dusty cellar. The tannins and acidity are much more integrated now, but this has shed quite a bit of the luscious fruit I adore. F: Medium with a distinct Old World- Italian profile. I felt it waffled between the funky Syrah character and an Italian Cab profile, IMO. 90+
    Sadly, this is my last bottle. I welcome offers to help me replenish. RDHudak@cox.net

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  • At a really nice spot. There's a nice earthy/forest floor character that goes along with the black currant/blackberry fruit aromas. The palate matches with the earthy tertiary notes coming through first, fruit second and an oak-driven finish. The structural elements (medium acid/medium+ tannins) are mostly integrated, but overall there's still plenty of life left; should easily last through its 10th birthday.

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  • wow, what a delightful wine

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  • Still wow factor. Dark juice. Fruit filled smoke bacon tannis mellowing out. Amazing.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Lot 179 Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    11/24/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 84 points

    (Cameron Hughes Lot 179 (Havens Black and Blue)) Very dark red violet color; tart red plum, red currant, oak nose; tight, tart red plum, tart currant, flat palate, lacking acidity; short-medium finish (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Syrah; 40% new French oak; from Hyde & Hudson Vineyards)

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