My daughter's birth year - first bottle drank in 2011 and this in 2015. The cork crumbled on extraction but was not wet through. Only a small amount of sediment, surprisingly. No bricking but the wine looked a bit faded. The nose was muted but lovely - saddle leather, old tobacco, only a bit of mint. The wine felt soft in the mouth, medium-bodied. Soft blackberry, bits of red fruit that teased at the edges of consciousness. Mostly masculine flavors though - the tobacco and leather from the nose. A bit of mint or eucalyptus mid-palate. Firm blackberries. Tannins are totally integrated and soft but carried the finish. Really a wonderful experience. A 30-year-old Napa cab from a classic producer just doesn't come around often enough. I'll take one of these over the high-alcohol, high-rev, high extraction wines any day.
A beautiful ride off into the sunset, and your horse passes through a blooming cherry orchard bordered by cedars; your leather saddle was rubbed with high-quality tobacco yesterday. It's a big herbal cherry sun that is setting, and you can taste it, with a sprinkling of spices, and the satiny union of the tannins are upon you, so subtle that you wish for more at first, you must be patient as the velvet embrace deepens, insinuating itself deep within you in a silky smooth process, until a final slow-motion fillip of astringency touches the front of your mouth. The cork was wet and crumbly almost to the top. Definitely time to drink this wine; wish I had more.
A great wine to drink in solitary contemplation, or quietly, with friends.
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