SL Birthday Dinner: From a magnum. Pure red fruits on the nose. Elegant on the palate slightly lush indicate a rather ripe fruits with a bitter finish. Kind of pleasantly surprise this was HSS. Overall a pretty good new world wine, this can probably go on to age well.
Decanted for an entire day. Somewhat jammy, this is a rich fruity mouthful that I agree still could use more time. It showed very little evolution, very dark purple, no bricking. Assertively new world, it's more than a few degrees beyond the wines we prefer, like Bond or Bryant. I expect we will like it a lot more in another three years or so. I'm not in sync with other recent CT reviews, and I've tried to consider this in the memory of other recent top level Napa wines, and I will keep buying the HSS. The fruit is excellent, but I would like a bit less oak, less jam, more purity.
I took this bottle for a wine dinner with 5 our tasting group. Wine was decanted upon arrival and consumed consumed in 2 hours. What can I say? No proper words to describe this perfection from the start to finish. Complete joy in the bottle. Amazing purity and elegance with cascades of flavors that leaves you speechless. I put up the score just to make it formal. It is ready to go with good decanting time. Cheers.
Firmly disagree with other reviewers who think this needs more cellar time, let alone another ten years. This wine is drinking beautifully now and I really don't see it getting much better. Everything you could ever want or expect with HSS. An hour and a half splash decant and heaven! Have three magnums in the cellar which will see consumption in the next couple years.
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