Did not decant. Color is a rich garnet, but not opaque, with a slight touch of bricking on the edge. Incredible aromas of blackberry and black currant as soon as I pulled the cork. Immediately upon tasting I enjoyed bold and intense flavors punctuated by an astonishing, youthful exuberance and power. The wine was utterly balanced, with legs and heat that belied the indicated 13.5% alcohol content. A coating, lasting, and jaw-clinching finish followed, which continued to make me salivate between tastings. One of the best bottles of ANY wine that I have enjoyed to this point. Spectacular right now.
Mother's Day Dinner (Boulevard, San Francisco): Deep ruby with very little bricking; nose wafted from the decanter during decanting, intense nose with blackberry, blackcurrant, lots of fruit, significant mint/menthol component in the glass; palate is full bodied, deep black fruits, very well integrated tannins; medium-long finish starts to fade on the fruits. An unapologetic California cab but classically made with slight mint/green that makes it interesting (but definitely not Bordeaux-like), fully mature now with integrated tannins (different from just a few years ago with my last bottle). As the fruit starts to fade, I don't think this will develop more complexity than it has now. 92-93 Update with dinner: just a new fantastic complexity on the nose with aromatic spice, fruit, great minty and green complexity but still in a Napa style. Superb wine at its peak. 94-95
Garnet with no bricking. Aromas of dark fruits. Plums, strawberries, mocha flavors, with spicy tannins that are still resolving. A fine wine gaining in complexity and smoothness but still a few years off from prime drinking pleasure. Try again in 2017-2020. Should rate 95+ when mature.
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(Insignia) After being assaulted by the Pride and Abreu, the final wine of this flight seemed shy by comparison. The nose was wound with some oak blots. Some thought this was Syrah due to a little bacon and charcoal here. The finish was long, fine and dusty but this wine clearly lacked the stuffing of the previous two
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