Back Vintage Wine Night (Extra Space): Pop and poured. Drank over 2 hours. Appearance is clear, medium intensity, garnet colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of capsicums, tobacco, tea leaves, earth, and sweet red and black cherries. Developed. On the palate, dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, silky smooth medium- tannins, medium+ body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of capsicums, tobacco, tea leaves, earth, sweet red and black cherries, red plums. Long finish. Very good quality. Over the course of the 2 hours, the capsicums and tea leaves initially were more prominent, receding at the 1 hour mark, allowing the sweet fruit to exhibit itself. By 2 hours, the fruit was fading already and capsicums dominated. Nearing the end of its life and long run. Drink up. The 1986 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Bella Oaks I drank last year was much better. This bottle had no vineyard indication on the label.
slight bricking, some smoke / funk upon opening on the nose, smoky nose remained throughout the evening, when opened i hoped an hour in the decanter would bring more fruit fwd but it didn't, wine was fine but no fruit and that was its fatal flaw, nice acid, some nice secondary / herbal elements, a good drink but not great
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