Mature nose of smoke and currant with similar, mature flavor of smoke, red berries, dirt with a backnote of sweet oak. Ready to drink now, with moderate tannins but a still strapping acidity. Fully mature, drink now. This had excellent storage.
Nice oak, berry and dirt in the nose. Flavors are also vibrant, chocolate, berry, oaky vanilla, earth and very fine,caressing tannins. I cannot see this getting better, probably not going downhill either. Drink within 24 months.
A huge improvement over the same bottling dumped half and hour ago due to corkage. This bottle displayed a nice acidity to balance off the fruit which was remarkably fresh for a 12 year old Cali Cab. Smoke and dirt on the nose, flavors of sour cherry, tar and moderate tannins framed by the aforementioned acid component. Nice finish. Not particulary long-lived in decanter so drink up within 2 hours after decanting.
I thought this was about as good as it is going to get. Depth and length lapses kept it from scoring higher but still, for a nearly 11 year old $35 Napa Cab, you could pay a lot more and do a lot worse, especially given this was sold in the good old days of anything goes pricing for Cali Cabs. Nose of blueberry tinged paint thinner, but in a good way if that is possible, this wine has a very nice,deep blackberry fruit component, finishing with some length but tannins are a bit drying. While it has age, it is still fresh. The main telltale of age is that that French oak component that was so prevalent a few years ago is barely evident today. I think it has integrated so well that, while there, it just becomes another background component of the complex mix. I could be talked into a 91, but those drying (and probably killing) tannins limit it just a bit. I think Harvey would be happy and I do not think this is going up. Probably stable for the next year or two, I would put this on a list to consume by 2012.
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