Very primary - juicy stuff; black, dense, sweet, very concentrated. It is a bit roasted with notes of cocoa, chocolate & coffee, new world style, but cool, nevertheless, and extremely well made. Bravo. #homealone#ribeye#onthegrill
Just limited notes. Beautiful bouquet with chocolate, coffee and ripe black berries. Same on the palate. Beautiful acidity, well integrated oak and soft tannin with still a good bite. Beautiful wine with plenty of future.
Andrew's and Howard's birthday dinner (Hippopotamus Restaurant, Wellington): Deep purple colour, the wine looked very young. An attractive, modern bouquet of spicy plums, blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate, with some toasty oak aromas present. On palate, clearly a deep, powerful, large scaled wine in the international style. Fully ripe. The oak carried onto the palate with flavours of vanilla, cassis, espresso and herbs. For a 10 year old wine, this is also quite primary and an excellent wine if you like this style.
Pre-release tasting of Catena Zapata with Ernesto Bajda: Tannic, still primary, beef blood and salty smoke. Very typical Cab, beef stock, cold cuts. Tremendous depth on the palate, meaty, sandalwood, Claret flavours. High acidity, still tannic. Just a tad heavy, just slightly overpowering. Difficult to score--- I'm going for a conservative 93.
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