Wow, what an interesting and outstanding bottle of wine. Inky dark concentrated to the rim. Nose was so creamy and buttery that it was reminiscent of buttered popcorn. Extremely round tannins that added to the butteriness/creaminess affect and big bold mouthfeel. Long finish with moderate heat from the alcohol. This was a restaurant purchase by B. Mills and my wife's review was "get some of that in our cellar quick"! It followed a very good bottle of 98 Far Niente cab and clearly out shined its older counterpart which isn't easy to do as a young Cali Cab.
It's a young wine, but its very approachable already. Medium to full bodied with deep ruby color. No serious decant needed, popped and poured the first glass, and open bottle consumed over 2.5 hours. Initially, on the nose, aroma of blackberry, mint and spice. On the palate, smooth, velvety, with taste of earth, dark berries, surprisingly tannin was not hard at all.
With the bottle aerated for over an hour, the wine had evolved nicely, with aroma of lavender, creamy butter, vanilla, crushed sugar coming out gently. On the palate, taste has broadened, graphite, tobacco, red cherry, finishing last for 20-30 seconds, fantastic.
This is an unusual Napa Cab, traditional Cab drinkers may find it less powerful, but I love it, with its complexity and smooth approach, as good as some of those fine Bordeaux wines. Not cheap, but it's a worthy drinking enjoyment. Even the cork itself contains a soothing vanilla scent. Awesome
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