1976 - The Paris Challenge Revisited (Bravin - Sao Paulo - Brazil): Perfect cork, probably reconditioned or recently released by the winery. Very alive, with some fruit and lots of mushrooms and leather. Silky and light bodied, some wood and dryness at the finish. Very good wine, surprisingly strong showing, but the Las Cases was a few steps above.
Recent purchase (I think) from Benchmark - taken to Prime and Beyond in Fort Lee, NJ. Slight bricking again. Red-purple. Deep purple flavors - a little pruney and dried with some wood. A bit of heat. Violets. Soft again on palate w a touch of heat. Pruney fruit. Not as good as the bottles from dad's cellar but still nice. Enters soft and plush with dark berry fruit - almost jammy. Spicey and a little brambly. Nice and sweet on midpalate but shows some heat and prune on finish - a little Port-like or Amarone-like. As I said at the beginning, I think this is a recent purchase from Benchmark. My Dad had a case of this, purchased on release from Mills in Annapolis, MD (with the $12 price tags still on the bottles), and those bottles have been consistently awesome. This bottle was nice, but 2 steps down from those. Nose - 4/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 14/20.
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(Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley) Bricked medium dark red violet color; appealing, redolent, maturing, ripe cassis, baked cherry, raspberry, cedar, plum sauce nose; tasty, maturing but with signs of youth yet, tart cassis, tart currant, tart cherry, cedar palate; medium-plus finish (12% alcohol)