--- COLOR: Medium garnet with soft garnet rim NOTE: Almost as beautiful as the 2002 Phelps Insignia, but a tinge of heat throughout lost the race. Still, this is real black fruit seduction in a glass. Less elegant than the Insignia, but more voluptuous in a sense. With wild abandon it pronounces itself in the nose with full-on blackberry and black cherry reduction sauce, then blackberry liqueur, then a dollop of moist cigar tobacco, leather, tar and black licorice. It's just that detectable note of heat in the nose that carries to the finish that's holding this back from being a 95 pointer. The mouth is sensual, with black fruit liqueurs swirling around complex 70% dark chocolate baking on hot limestone. It is like velvet seduction. I can't believe how much more pleasure I'm getting out of this versus the 2005 CCS I had a couple weeks back (which was my favorite 2005 Schrader until now). This is why I drink Schraders. I want my tongue coated in crushed velvet, and I want to remember it for 60+ seconds. This is doing that for me. I prefer the finish on this to the 2002 Insignia, because the tannins aren't clamping down but just keeping all the flavors persistent on my buds. What wonderful flavors!!! Blackberry, grilled black plum, 70% dark chocolate powder, mesquite dust. It is good to be me. It would cost me $440 today to repeat the adventure, but I did it for $250. Still a pretty penny, but a shiny penny!!!!
DECANT: 3 hr GLASS USED: Bordeaux TASTE: 9.4+ OTHER: COST: 160 VALUE: 8.0 PREVIOUSLY TASTED: n/a TRY AGAIN: All gone... Drink now if you got it PAIRING: n/a (should have paired it with a marbled ribeye!) Inquiries can be addressed to email@example.com ---
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