Deep ruby color showing no signs of age leads to a nose of black cherry, leather and chocolate. The medium full palate has candied red and black fruits along with a touch of cedar and mocha. The ridiculous finish lasts well over a minute.
This was decanted two hours prior to consumption. I believe this is drinking at peak and will stay optimal for another 10 years.
Consumed in a non-critical setting at a social event and so, without my usual concentration and analysis. It goes without saying that it was very enjoyable but I did notice what appeared to be an over-ripe entry, which made it seem slightly off-balance. My score reduced (from a potential 94/95) because of that.
I think this wine is at a relatively early stage of it's upswing. Opened 3 hours before drinking and consumed over another 3. Tastes of deep, dark fruit. It's intense with balancing, vibrant acidity and a long, promising finish. The nose shows more maturity and complexity than the palate (blackberries, tobacco and spice, floral qualities, damp earth, etc.). It’s fun now but almost too young. I’m psyched to follow this over the next decade. Also interesting in that I didn’t get a lot of the usual Seavey/Rutherford dusty qualities. Buy, drink or hold, repeat.
750ml stood for days. Slow ox for an hour, decanted for an hour, then put back in the bottle and served with porterhouse steaks. Very dark core, not quite purple. A hint of oak and vanilla on the nose. Very bright, ripe, red fruit on the palate - rich and full. This wears the alcohol level rather well, as it is barely noticeable. Oak is noticeable but not overbearing. Really nice Napa Cab that is an excellent value for the $60 I paid! No rush to drink these, presumably
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