Decanted and served slightly cool. Very young yet. Bright juicy raspberry and blueberry. Some spicy oak, but overall lean/elegant. I would stash these deep in the cellar for a few more years. The '11 seemed more ready to drink.
First opened the day I learned of Sparkles passing (the original black cat). Was rather tight that first night, but opened nicely the next night. Good fruit (more red than black), smooth with just a hint of heat.
Decanted 2.5 hrs, consumed over 1.5 hrs. Powerful nose of dark fruit, some raspberry, blueberry, flower petal. Palate seemed modest in comparison to the nose but not a shy wine. Very balanced with right acidity, mid palate fruit, surprisingly soft tannins and easy drinking. Medium weight, medium to long finish. Not highly complex at this stage but drinking well and delicious.
EMH Black Cat Vertical (North Square): Bigger than 09, fleshy dark berry fruit on the nose, more of everything (fruit, tannin, extract) going on here, nice minty edge on the finish. A little more serious than 09 but not quite as fun to drink right now, although will probably have a longer future.
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