I can always tell if a wine is drinking very well if my wife asks for a second glass, and then a third... She doesn't profess the be a wine expert but has a very good palate nonetheless. Popped and poured with a decanting pour spout. It showed a deep garnet color. Aromas of crushed stone, dried violet, cassis, blackberry and tobacco- nicely complex with a lot of secondary emergence. This has a striking creamy silky texture, and shows bright currant fruit, with layers of mineral, clove spice, black tea and cedar. Great complexity and elegance. Fine tannins. Very nice intensity of flavors on the finish. SM can take some time to come around- this is showing very well now, still very young for SM. Exceptional.
I confess that I p'n'p-ed this one after swilling the '09 Turnbull, but oddly enough the youth of this wine became more evident as it approached room temp and took air. This was good, but still too young. (Remind self to read notes before fetching the wine.) With luck, I've buried the last two bottles far enough down in the boxes to keep me from rushing things again. I'll happily take an invite to taste nocoretiree's last bottle next year in exchange for sharing one of mine in another 3-6 years. This wine has great things ahead of it, and it's improving just as a classic Cab should. No rush to drink it, and I'll gladly cellar a few other vintages whenever I get the chance.
This is everything you would want a Napa Cab to be. It is drinking like a champ now. Definitely improved and the very few rough edges have been smoothed out, with everything well-integrated. Saving our last bottle for 2015.
Layered, lively mountain-grown Cab. There's plenty going on here though I bet this wine's best years are ahead of it. Acidity, menthol, red and black fruit, licorice. A little tight and short on finish. I'm hoping another 2-3 years will bring out more. Regardless, a fine effort.
Second bottle. This one did not open up as easily as the first one (see review on 06-07-2013). That said, it was a classic Napa Cab, lots of tannin for a lower alcohol style Cab. Truly excellent-tasting notes from June 7 consistent with this...just quite a bit tighter. Best to hold off until 2014 or 2015 unless you like them young, in which case I recommend breathing AND decanting. But I think it would be a waste to not wait at least a year. We have two bottles left - will open one later in 2014 and reassess.
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(Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon) Opaque red violet color; appealing, suave, ripe black currant, blackberry, French oak, light menthol nose; tight, tart black currant, tart blackberry, tart black fruit, light menthol palate with good balance; needs 2 years and should age admirably; medium-plus finish 92+ points (14.2% alcohol, sample provided by winery)
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