Dark, saturated garnet in color. More restrained nose than the last bottle, but with inviting aromas of dark fruits. It blossomed in the glass in a few minutes, becoming quite supple with all tannins melded. The clearest note was from juicy cherries backed by just the right touch of cola and Eisele spice. Deeply extracted and long on the palate, certainly ready to drink. Will last many more years.
Big wine. Needs time to open up in the glass, smooth out. Lovely Eisele spice on the nose. Cherry and some chocolate, long on the palate. Tastes youthful, but tannins are melded. A fine bottle of wine. Ready now, but this can age for another decade.
1987 Eisele Cab Horizontal (No. 9 Millerton): Very similar to the Barbara & Milt Eisele Vineyards Cab of the same vintage it was tasted alongside--we had a lot of trouble keeping them straight. This has a bit more cedar and mint alongside the sweet cassis, a little plusher and plumper, possibly slightly redder-fruited, with less prominent acid and maybe a bit shorter. But I'm grasping at straws here: the producers clearly played the hand the vineyard and vintage dealt them in roughly the same way. As with the other wine, I'd peg this blind as an outstanding traditionally made Cali Cab from a ripe year aged 20-30 in a heartbeat, but wouldn't have been able to say anything more detailed. Great typicity, not much specificity.
Tasted single blind. Bright cherry, cardamom, christmas cookies, molasses, glue, spearmint bouquet that is immediately entrancing and makes me just sit back and laugh. I love this! Mint, boysenberry, and great acidity on the palate that is upstaged by the incredible nose. Seductive, totally mature, and probably the most exotic Cali Cab I've ever tasted.
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