Very dark in the glass without the slightest trace of bricking, this may actually still have purple hues. The nose is rich, sweet cassis, blackberry reduction, and a background of vanilla custard. There is maybe a faint trace of light herbs - Italian parsley, perhaps, or maybe cilantro. The palate is all about sweet black fruits on the initial attack. The tannins show themselves on the rich mid-palate, but they are sweet and smooth, and there is good acidity to balance the drying effect. The finish is long and balanced, and just beginning to show a trace of secondary tobacco leaf and freshly-soaped leather. Overall, this wine is stunningly youthful for 12 years of age, and I will be hard pressed to leave my only other bottle for a few more years. I paid $65 for this bottle, and it is well worth it at that price. This is an outstanding wine that is a great example of what California has to offer. Highly recommended.
Brought this to dinner at STK with friends. Enjoyed this bottle with a really nice pinot (Melville Carrie's 2009 pinot - very good) but this was the winner to me. I love the Perry's blend bc it's 89% cab. I was bold, dark ruby color and silky smooth. Was like drinking a great Cal Cab and equally as great as the bottle I enjoyed in Jan. 2010.
(A-) Nose is deep and evolves from fruit forward to quite floral over a couple hours. Dark cherry fruit, a bit of over-ripe blackberry. Vanilla and rich double-cream work beautifully with the fruit. Touch of leather percolates through the palate. Overall, it's smooth and silky from front to back with just enough acid left to tickle the side palate, though it is hardly noticeable unless you look for it Tannins have softened even since my last bottle creating a nice pillow-y finish. Another solid performance from a wine I will miss dearly. To briefly get off topic, this wine has ridiculous pedigree to the fruit, especially for the price. Even in an "off" vintage, the power of these prestige vineyards comes through ... I wish they had continued to source this blend from these vineyards. Alas. Drink, or hold, but not for long.
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