This is one of the oldest wines I've tasted, as old as me! It is hard to describe what makes a high quality Napa cab such as this so incredible, but they are always tell a good story. Must have something to do with the terroir, I assume. Nose of tobacco, cassis, blackberry and also had a particular kick to it. Good.
Decanted off slight sediment to a crystal clear light ruby garnet with some bricking. Intense sweet red cassis nose during decant, with a slight mustiness but that blows off. Consumed over the next couple hours. Surprising intense and very pure red fruit profile with red cassis nose, complicated by saddle leather and mushrooms. Palate of sweet cherry with old leather and lingering black pepper and cherry finish. Tannins are fully resolved to give a very silky profile. Still very much alive, and the pureness of the fruit really shines over the secondary flavors.
This is still a very delicious wine. Two hours after opening it is still holding its own. Nose is still ripe with fruit, some licorice/anise. A little cloudy in color (though I had it on its side until about 6 hours before opening). Still some tannins, suggesting it may last a bit longer. Good fruit in the mouth, though a bit hot. I think this will be good for another few years -- though of course bottle variation is to be expected. I have four more, so will try again in 6-12 months.
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