Well, I have to say that M-S cabs aren't long-term agers, as this one was a bit disappointing too. Marginally better than the 1998 Reserve I opened a few nights ago, this one had a similar nose of ripe plums and spice, but not quite so exotic and volatile. It was, however, better on the palate, balancing fruit and acid better. Decanted and aired for quite a while, it did knit together somewhat, but never got through flaws of sour tartness and not enough fruit.
Last bottle. This has been a wonderful experience, especially over the past couple years. The fruit on this bottle is still nicely resolved. Some cherry, blueberry. The tannins are gone, but there was a hint of acidity left. The cork was wet 3/4 of the way up.
The wine is fading a bit. I did not decant as I have in the past, but the fruit was not as robust and the finish was weaker than I remembered. Still a nice wine, but fading, and fading fast in my opinion.
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