Solid cab. Med body/finish. Nose: oak, smoke, strawberry. Someone wrote: "powered tannins", a perfect description of what I recall of the bottle I enjoyed last year. A year later in 2014, they have evolved into lively spicy tannins. Perhaps significant bottle to bottle variability, as indicated by the mixed reviews? This bottle also has a sweeter fruit palette. But not overtly sweet. Disappointed recently by cabs costing 2x this, so good value.
A dusty, charcoal-rounded nose; spicy tones persisted. There was a presence of rock, grape and old barrels in the mouth. Somewhat oak-y. Not too sweet. Powdered tannins persisted, nearly cloying the experience. There was little balance, being a wine of high and low qualities without much in the mid-range. Skip it.
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(Amici Cabernet Sauvignon Olema) Dark red violet color; tart black currant, black currant jam, blackberry jam nose; tight, tart black currant, black currant jam, tart berry palate; needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish 88+ points