We gathered some lucky friends to celebrate hubby’s birthday and poured a vertical of 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006. The 2009 and 2006 were the overwhelming favorites. The 2009 is drinking beautifully now (my husband’s favorite of the group) but has enough structure to age for a while. The 2009 had a significantly higher percentage of cabernet sauvignon compared to the other vintages. The 2006 is a lovely balance of soft tannins and blue fruit. This was my personal favorite. The 2008 is still a nice wine but seemed somewhat off balance and tight compared to the other vintages (even the younger 2009). Maybe it’s the addition of Petite Verdot, but it definitely stuck out as the least favorite. Some time in the decanter did help it open up, so I will hold on to what I have for a few more years to see what happens.
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