This is the best sub $50 Napa-style Cab that I have had and I am glad that I bought a lot of it because it continues to please. Requires a longer decant (2 hrs) than when first released to get to peak integration. Very floral bouquet with enticing rose, blackberry and cherry scents. Fruit forward cab with silky tannins -- blackberry, cherry and some blueberry notes drive this wine -- almost like a mixed berry pie. Good acidity and well integrated tannins keep this from being over the top. With time, the wine has evolved to include some more complex flavors of leather, dried herb and anise. The oak is very present upon opening but integrates and fades to the background as the fruit comes forward with a longer decant. 2008 is the gold standard of the entry level Hall Cab vintages and is drinking very well even if not the "pop and pour" it was when first released. 2012 vintage is the closest approximation to this version.
This wine exceeded expectations. Decanted for about 2+ hours before dinner of grilled BBQ chicken, rice, and salad. Very dark, purple violet color. Nose brings a distinctive mix of wet clay, blackberries, olives, rose petals, raspberries, leather, and some dark cherry menthol. The palate is square, jagged, full-bodied, and extremely concentrated, bringing more blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, sweet tobacco, cherry cobbler baking spices, fresh mint, and some touches of dried herbs. The finish is long, uneven, and very interesting - not fully developed yet - still with thick tannins. I'd drink this though 2025. It should evolve nicely.
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