This is the 7th bottle of a case I have of this. I have not had a bottle in over a year and a half. I think this wine is maturing nicely, especially if folks like a mature Napa Cab. Clearly fruit driven with plenty of oak but there is a very soft tannin structure that helps an earthy and sweet finish. I tend to agree with Gary V that this wine will provide enjoyment for folks who like the style until 2017.
Deep dark opaque purple. Nose initially has smokey bacon, black plum, blackberry jam, pepper and oaky vanilla. Not as tannic as I expected. Fat thick rich mouthfeel. Dark fruit, tar, bacon, blackberry jam, pencil lead, oak, vanilla, tobacco and chocolate take turns across your palate. This is not a wine of finesse. For me, this is too over extracted, but I can see why some would really like it. Not my favorite style however.
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(Cliff Lede Stag's Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon) #1 (BLIND TASTING); COLOR-very dark; NOSE-interesting; a little charcoal; red beets; smokiness; leather; beef jerky; very dark; I like this; Bordeaux-like; TASTE-good dark fruit - lots of blueberries and gorgeous blackberries; good firm tannins; this wine will easily last 7-15 years; I like the charcoal; I like the second tier black fruit flavors; great length; great tannins; very explosive and focused; clearly from a great fruit source; an absolute complete effort from top to bottom; I'm still tasting it with a one minute; great length; coats your palate; this "brings straight thunder"; there is some Oak, but nicely integrated; great dryness; RP-92; GV-92+
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