Served to me blind. I guessed Cabernet or Cab dominant blend, California, and 20-30 years out in that order. Bingo. Garnet color, sweet red fruit with mint and cinnamon on the nose, and cherry and leather on the palate. The second glass was better than the first which means it rewarded an approximately one-hour decant. Great showing.
Bill's Summer Garden Offline (Vancouver, BC): Mature and developed aromas of red fruits and leather with fully resolved tannins and a soft and smooth mouthfeel. There’s ample acidity and while there was a good dose of oak here, it was well integrated and not dominating. This was really nice to sip on while listening to Jeff Beck. Excellent.
Very good. Fully resolved, with a lovely combo of licorice-n'-strawberry jam. Silky smooth with good persistence, an elegant mouthfeel, it's nicely aromatic with a pleasant savory base note, good acidity (key for older Cali cabs), and wholly integrated oak. Not particularly complex and lacking the "seriousness" of Cali's finest, it nevertheless reminded me of a Montelena Estate cab. After a few hours of air, the oak sticks out a bit more with anise-coconut, but this was surprisingly alive and well.
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