My guess is this wine is reflecting the mediocre year 2006 was for Napa. Bouquet was wonderful, but the wine had little body to it, at least not to the level I was expecting for such a high-$ wine. (Or perhaps my tastings over the previous year of some very outstanding wines has had some influence?) Nonetheless, this was enjoyed with good company celebrating some good news, so there's that.
My dinner was the LB Steak 8oz filet mignon with horseradish cream sauce, creamed spinach, and potato sarladaise.
Decanted and drank over two hours. Initially this was a little tight in a little rough but after about an hour and rounded out nicely. Big and lush in the glass. Lots of dark black of fruit. Coffee, licorice, chocolate. Some floral notes. Medium smooth finish.
Very youthful fruit upon opening. Nice combination of spice and dark fruit after an hour of opening. Three hours after opening it was voluputous on the tongue and elegantly soft as it finished. This wine will only get better with age. Looking forward to our next ones!!
Popped and poured at Reef. A big typical California cab. No formal notes just from memory this was tightly wound and started to open up after an hour in bottle. Good wine but didn't stand up to the Quintessa on the table. Overall, good wine but not for the price.
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