Last bottle of three. Cork was still in good shape, but the amount of sediment was ungodly. More eucalyptus and anise than our last note in September 2014, but this is still "excellent" (92/100) juice. Plenty of tannin left, but the fruit is beginning to fade. Drink in the next year or so.
Leather and black cherry, some oak, spice/black pepper, a little eucalyptus. This held up wonderfully, much better than our previous bottle. Finish is medium plus, but up front is the seller here. And the nose is amazing. Nose 94. Taste: 91-92. Overall: 92 pts
This one needed precise handling to get the cork out in one piece. There was only 1-2 mm of soak into the cork and quite a bit of sedmient on the cork and in the neck. Decanted for about an hour before the first glass.
The color was ruby with a few millimeters of bricking; it appeared much more youthful than 16 years old. The nose was rich and rose right up out of the decanter. It had a substantial amount of red fruit aroma with a boquet of leather and damp earth. Palate was similar, with cherry and black cherry featuring on the attack (how can this relatively inexpensive bottle have this much primary fruit after 16 years!?), with a smooth transition to a complex nutty, earthy, and herbaceous midpalate. Overall, this is medium-bodied (what I would consider below-average for a Cali cab sauv) with an approachable flavor profile that shows good typicity.
The structure was perfect. Tannins were obviously present after the attack; they supported the midpalate well, but didn't actually dry out the mouth. They subsided slowly, melting into a medium-length finish of supple tannin and with rich earth, mild blackcurrant, and some nutty flavors.
This wine is a thing of beauty. My only critique is that the finish is a wee bit short, but I don't care. I still loved this bottle, and I'm glad I have another in the cellar! I am going to call this "excellent," 92/100.
Nice to get an aged cab from woot. Nose of wet leather and stewed fruit. Flavors of leather and prunes and cassis. Low to medium tannins. Medium finish. Actually very nice, could last for another 5 or 8 but not counting on it. Would drink within the next 2 or 3 years.
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