This was shockingly good. Popped and poured, vanilla, white chocolate, pecan pie, caramel on the nose. Sweet, candied light and dark fruits on the palate along with vanilla icing. Tannins were fully integrated. Given the price point at the time, this was a real gem. I think if may have 1-2 years left if stored correctly. I wish I had more
What a lovely surprise! It never ceases to amaze me the wines that age wonderfully when well cellared and well balanced when young and often not the premier wines form a particular winery. In this case a simple Napa cab from a fairly good year with 13.5% ABV has evolved into a wonderfully smooth, rich, and complex elixir that is a joy to drink. It is dark garnet with no real sign of age. The nose is very aromatic with leather, blackberry jam, vanilla, anise and cedar. The wine is so very smooth on the tongue, with a rich textured mouth feel. The palate is layered and complex with vanilla, blackberry, leather, cedat, anise, and tart black plum. The aftertaste is quite long lasting almost a minute. While certainly a modern Cali Cab it is more like those made in the 1970's and 1980's than the new millennium. So easy to drink and just great with a well spiced roasted chicken. In addition this was a modest investment in the $23.00 range amore than a decade ago. It's a wonder that this bottle drank more like one priced 4-5 times that price.
While this is past the primary fruit stage I like it. At this point it reminds me of a Bordeaux (without the complexity of a good one) rather than a Nappa California cabernet. The tertiary flavors are very good and alcohol is 13.5%. I don't see this improving and I think it should be drunk within 3-5 years.
After just 1/2 hour in decanter... Color was a bit toward brick. Nice nose, a little lilac and some earthy tones. Uncomplicated flavors... somewhat one dimensional. Medium finish, A little grainy tannins left - but OK balalnce.
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