Slow ox for an hour and a half. Drank over a couple of hours.
Very expressive, perfumed nose right out of the gate. Purple fruits, lavender and licorice. Palate brings in some secondary flavors, but not the greatest texture for me. Had a very slight grain to it. May have been better if run through a Vinturi with filter/strainer. Finish was medium-plus.
This had the best nose when we initially tried. Just very deep and expressive on the nose. But while the M. Etain and Lail really evolved and improved over the evening, this really stayed the course. Re-visited on Day 2 and nose had changed pretty drastically to garrigue and a touch of must. Palate was still OK, but finish was falling off too. Suggest this is one to drink pretty soon.
Dark purple in color. Great nose of cherry, plum and lilac. Fabulous palate of cherry, cassis, licorice, spice and earth. Drinking perfectry, balanced, long finish and no tannin. I love CA cabs, and this is no exception. Wonderful fruit and everything else too.
Dinner with Friends (Crown Wine Cellars, 18 Deep Water Bay Drive, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Decanted 4 hours in advance. Incredibly black-red inpenetrable colour. Nose is a gorgeous wave of pencil lead, black liquorice and high tones of black new leather boots....very Bordeaux First Growth. Palate is absolutely WOW! Totally seductive and takes you completely down Alice's rabbit hole. More precise descriptors seem superfluous. Unctuous, so rich, so total.....absolutely brilliant. Enormous length and thunderous resonance that just powers over you in rolling waves. Firm tannins....still decades ahead of it......but so so so good now. Gosh.
Drank from a 375 alongside an '03. Much more dark fruit and menthol on the nose than the '03. Needed about an hour to really smooth the mid to finish. Definitely some long life ahead of it - very well made.
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