More tannic than the 2004, which was a surprise. Nose of dark berries. Notes of blackberry, red raspberry, plum, cola & leather. Throwing a bit of sediment to one side of the bottle. Drink now. Score: 88
ADDENDUM: Had the second half of the bottle the next evening. What a difference a day makes. Tannins have magically mellowed. Flavours are more cohesive. We can ratchet-up the score by a full 2 points. What it is telling me is that this puppy still needs a good decant. Allow for 2-4 hrs. Drink now or over the next three years. Score: 90
Slightly cloudy dark red. Creamy raspberry cheesecake and spicey cedar nose. Full bodied, plums, blackberries, licorice, nutmeg, sweet rounded tannins, tobacco, good acid, and a medium to long finish. Well integrated and delicious.
Very dark with a slight edge - with the Malbec and Tannat mostly responsible, I think. Tannins were pretty smoothed out. Cab provided juicy cover for the deeper foundation. Surprised at how good this was - my experience with 2003 Napa cab has been so-so, until now. Very happy with this wine. No need to wait. Drinking well right now.
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