Nice bottle; from magnum, blind. Plummy youthful fruit with a cab franc-ish green streak. Which didn't throw anyone off the trail, seemed obviously Californian. A later retaste was less interesting than the first pour as the green turned mean.
From magnum. This wine has held very well. Drinks quite well now - no real signs of fading. It has a certain green aspect to it (green pepper, herbs) that leans towards Bordeaux, yet the wine is unmistakably California - none of the tasters in the room guessed anything but California. There is a bit of brown apple skin on the nose too. But generally the wine is fresh with ample dark, ripe fruit. Decent mouthfeel. Nice wine.
Monday California Tasting: Clear garnet. Not too much in the nose but then initially wonderful in the mouth. Cooked cherries , sweetness ... wonderful wine and clearly 93 - 94 pts. Then after around 5 - 10 minutes the wine started to oxidize and faded very quickly. So a candidate for pop and pour and fast consumption. Now fully mature
Drank at Press St. Helena. Still alive but starting to hit the downslope. The nose shows lots of oak still with a nice mix of green and ripe notes. Licorice and mint pop through as well. The palate is a bit thin and I often find old wines like this are for the aromatics not the rest of the experience. That said still fun to drink.
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