This wine has budged very little since my last tasting almost two years ago (7/21/2013). Opaque ruby/red in color, it offers aromas of cassis, blackberry, vanilla and loamy earth. Full-bodied, freshly acidic, seamlessly alcoholic (despite being listed as 14.6%) and with substantial firm tannins, it stays solid in the middle and closes with a medium-to-long, somewhat astringent finish. I am inclined to conclude that this wine needs more time than I had previously assumed. Drink 2017-2025.
Youthful and tightly wound but an hour in the decanter uncoils lots of cherries, red currants, mocha, and earthy undertones of toast and cedar. This shows focus, a nice spine, luscious flavors, a bitching streak of minerality, and juicy, red fruit on the finish. Delicious and expressive.
My first taste of Napa Cabernet. Don't see much US wine on the shelves here in Australia. Decanted this for 90 minutes before tasting. Dark ruby red, with a purple hue showing the youth of the wine. Nice viscosity appears on the walls of my glass. A struggle between red & black fruits to take prominence, plus a presence of earth are all evident in the taste. A little spice comes forth on the front palate, however a wave of alcoholic hotness takes over on the middle & to some degree on the back palate. This distracts from an otherwise quality fine red wine. The fruit is there in spades, but it's just the noticeable hotness that detracts a little from the experience.
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