Bottle from Cellarraiders, purchased in August 2014.
Served blind to Camille with Wonton soup at home. The umami from the shiitake's is literally the best pairing ever with good Cab. Far superior to the standard bullshit steak pairing. Better than lamb which I love as well with good aged Cab.
Camille's blind notes:
C: Garnet with bricking at rim. N: Red/black fruit, cherry, cassis, tons of tobacco, wet forest floor, cedar. White rice and bell pepper came later ~1 hour after opening. P: Congruent fruit and non-fruit flavors with nose. Seamless, balanced, med acidity, fully integrated tannin, long finish.
Camille's guess: Cab/merlot blend, 1980s, Napa.
Overall this is awesome stuff, I would have guessed Bordeaux and it would be a great ringer for a blind tasting. I wonder if my bottle had warmer storage than some of the notes on CT, but I would definitely drink this now, I don't see much improvement coming. It is fantastic now.
Drank at Saison for the bday... Notes from memory - slight bricking at the edges. Drinks like a wine half it's age. Some secondary notes emerging with primary notes of red fruit, some tobacco and faint eucalyptus
Not much else to add but really enjoyed this bottle and wish I had more
Courtesy of m/m thelostverse, I ordered the Club's rack of lamb to enjoy with this wine. Opaque inky crimson core with just a hint of bricking at the meniscus- a well-stored and youthful wine to the eye. An initial aroma of graphite is followed by black cherry, green tobacco, bamboo and violets. The floral notes became more apparent as the wine breathes and opens. Medium-bodied and very well-balanced, this elegant wine displays black currant, violet, cedar, cherry and graphite flavors. Long finish. Excellent, and in its prime now, though should hold for a few years yet but I see no reason to wait. Drink now-2018.
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(Peter Michael "Les Pavots") This was showing very well. Rich well defined black fruits on the palate with great freshness. Classic tarry, curranty aromas with some leather and smoke. Very long finish. Excellent stuff.