The earlier notes on this wine tell you what you need to know--the label and price set a high expectation that is not fully met. It's a good, solid wine, with old-world elements. Good, but not quite up to the hype.
Purchased on release. Decanted off heavy crust in the bottle, but little sediment in the wine itself. Color was medium dark red with limited thinning. Aromas of currant, cherry, dried flowers, and a hint of tobacco. Palate has light red fruit character with currant and cherry carrying into a medium finish. This is nice old California Cabernet Sauvignon, but seems lacking in stuffing compared to its peers. Honestly earns its reputation as an underperforming flagship in this era.
Most pristine cork I've ever seen on a BVGDL this old, so we were disappointed that the bottle was flawed. Overpowering brett masked the hints of leather and chocolate and never faded over three hours. I hope the other two bottles are better.
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