Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): Opaque brick in color with rust-tinged rim variation, this was a wine definitely showing it's age. The bouquet was muted with aromas of plums, cherry, expected black fruits, tobacco and cedar. A sweeter and softer Cab, tasters experienced ripe blackberries and cassis on the palate with sour cherry, rosemary, nutmeg, and clove nuances. Structure was mellow and integrated with a medium finish and while some tasters felt this wine was still alive and kickin' , the majority felt it was still graceful, but a little past it's prime. Drink this faded beauty now.
I pulled the wrong bottle from the cellar and didn’t realize until I opened it. This was a stunning wine! I’ve had many far younger Andrew Will’s that are a mere shadow of this 94 Cab R. I recall tasting this wine 8 years ago and was impressed back then, but right now, the 94 is drinking at an absolute fabulous peak. Sweet black cheery on the nose, with generous acidity, velvety texture, load oak, mild tannins. The fruit is so bright and present, it takes a central point in the wine. The finish was a medium length that grew shorter after two hours. This is a wine that you don’t want to decant, just open and enjoy. It will get better for the first hour then slowly decline. My only regret is that I don’t have any more.
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