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.
EMH Black Cat Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical, 2003-2011: I'd have to get back to the details later here. [during tasting, I took a little break to 'reset' and came back to the '10 and '11 ] From my notes: Cherry and blueberry are relatively strong for me. Nice hints of the vanilla (but weaker than I expected). More fruity than others. The earthy taste is more secondary at this time.
It is a consistent EMH classic taste. It was interesting to see a clear classic 'pattern' from the '03 to the '11 Overall, this one is still young and would enjoy more time cellaring. Opened up over the evening, but I did not come back for a detailed second tasting.
Three votes for WOTF (along with '09-'10-'11). Second place.
(91-2 with very positive prospect. I will wait a year, maybe two before trying it again)
Whoa...this was huge - yet graceful. Aromas of raspberry and florals. Acidity and tannins worked together showcasing deep fruit and rich, dark chocolate, with tremendous concentration. The depth was maintained on the long finish. Wine was decanted for an hour and it needed every bit of it, and then some.
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