Enormously concentrated bouquet with mocha, chocolate, tobacco and good oak. In the mouth a lot of black berry fruit juice, a bit of tar, chocolate, cinnamon, good acidity and soft tannin. Pleasant sweetness and a long finish. A little bit drying in the finish.
Typical Atalon Cab - a little more European in style. Good fruit, but a little too hard (tannin mainly) to be truly enjoyed. Might improve with a couple more years, but seems that the fruit might not last.
At first smell I thought this wine was a little stinky. At first taste, still thought it was slightly flawed. Some serious swirling brought things to life. I thought the color was dark for a cab. The nose was shy, like something was hiding back there. The taste on the tongue reminded us why we hold these Napa cabs a few years to integrate, and develop those interesting secondary flavors. The fresh red fruit had matured to a more candied, heavier red licorice. The oak and tannins supported a still vibrant acidity that I think was holding together a slightly flawed wine. The finish was extraordinary, which is why I attempted to review, instead of reject this wine. The finish was a red raspberry, candied cranberry, with that slight sweet tart thing that went on for more than a minute. I think this wine was heartbeat from true excellence.
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