On the front patio with neighbors (Our home): Old school Cab done well in a great vintage. I wondered how the crowd would like this, but it was very popular. The nose has cassis with a very pleasant green bell pepper component. On the palate, clean with tightly layered complexity that unwinds in the glass. This was pop and pour. The wine seems to be nearing peak but no hurry on this one. I think its still available from the winery and might be worth stocking up on a couple more.
Cathy Corison's wines at Arlequin (Arlequin SF): Slightly dull medium-red in the glass, moderate plus concentration. Slight bricking at the rim. On the nose, glossy-black sweet savory tobacco secondaries. Faint brett, faint stewed pyrazine, faint menthol, faint mushroom. Beautiful mature cabernet nose. On the palate, classic Corison: Medium body, medium alcohol [13.5%], excellent midpalate of sweet cedar and sweet tobacco. Elevated acid and still-grippy moderate tannins. Long finish. Score: Between 9 and 9.5 $150
A well crafted cabernet with new world fruit and old world structure. Still young with aromas of fresh blackberry jam, eucalyptus and pencil shavings. A complex mouthfeel that reveals layers of black cherry, dark chocolate and wet slate. Plenty of acidity keeps this lively on the 30 second mineral driven finish. Will continue to develop for another 15-20 years.
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