Another Blind Sunday (Chez S1): Slow ox for 5 hours and decant for 3. Really lovely right now. The tannins are perfectly integrated. It carries its alcohol quite well without being heavy handed with fruit extraction. This is just a nicely balanced expression of Napa with a mix of bright red and brambly black fruits with light cedar and minty herb.
Since adequate time was not allowed for this wine to breathe, I reserve judgement on a score. Seemed to be a well constructed Cab tending toward the more reserved and elegant camp. What little I consumed seemed to drink well at its price point.
Popped and poured; would have liked to have decanted. That being said, the wine opened slowly and displayed depth and quality. Nice black and blue fruit notes. The tannins are still clingy but dissipated. Lots of room for improvement with age.
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