This bottle was extremely tight and closed completely. We drank a 2009 and it was spectacular and ready to go but this was completely muted. Even after a few hours of decanting didn't help much. This must need more time in the bottle or the bottle was flawed.
On the second day we still had half the bottle left. Wine was much softer. Strong fruit flavor of cherry and a little heat. Much better second day but still NOT a WOW bottle of wine.
I last tasted this a year ago. Nothing has changed. Lush, concentrated, palate-staining wine with layers of cassis and berries. Legs like treacle. We drank this at a dinner celebrating California wine alongside a remarkable line-up of 13 Cali wines. This was not the all-round favorite; however, who cares - it made me happy, like it always does.
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