this was nice but had lost all but a whiff of its earlier fruit component, i liked it with typical mature cab flavors, had a little bit too much of oak intrusion, the extended family didn't like it much but they don't drink aged wines and so maybe didn't know how to judge, they of course went for the '99 Silver Oak instead (which was very good and easier to drink)
i like then old so this was very nice for me, for others the fruit had faded too much, drank on the plane to hawaii with Jerry and the gang, was outdone by the '77 Heitz Martha's we had when we got there
Ruby red, very little/no orange edge; @ 30 min very nice complex nose of bitter choc/mint with ripe red cherry bon bon like aroma- at 90 min much stronger minty nose although not the eucalyptus/mint of Heitz Martha's; Very fresh black cherry. black plum and date-like flavor with under tones of bitter choc. and bark-like herb flavors, major ripe blackberry fruit flavors with undertones of wet earth/mushroom at the end; very smooth integrated nose/mouth feel/ finishing flavors. amazing wine from a very under appreciated vintage-- ridge Monte Bello, Mondavi Resv, Caymus, Montelena all also exceed expectations for that drought yr.
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