Quite pretty, and in a very good place right now. My second one in three months, this one just as good as the last. The acids, and overall balance really separate this from some of its Cali contemporaries that offer meager acids and listless charm. The lighter side of full-bodied, with delicate layers of red currants, plums, cherries and soil dominating the nose and palate. This should hold for another 4-5 years before its decline. Tannins and EtOH fully resolved. 14,5% abv, recommended
Solid showing. I had been concerned this might be too tight still, but with just 3 hours Audoze, it was completely ready to go. High-toned, but nothing gratuitous, and, on-balance, both the nose and palate delivered more than I was expecting. Good Cab/blend and regional typicity, with above-average purity of fruit and above-average balance, too. Complexity slightly above its price-point, with tannins and alcohol that are fully resolved. In its sweet-spot now, I think, with the next 2-4 years likely to offer up more of the same before it begins its decline. 14,5% abv. Nice job here.
This didn't come around until a couple of hours of air. Initially it was ok/good (typical Cab. Sav. blend). But after 2 hours and more, the complexity popped up. Along with typical currants and red fruit aromas and flavors I find with Cab.Sav., I tasted and smelled smoke, forest, earth. Tannins were moderate but acidity was strong. Hold some for a few years? 90 pts. in '13??!!
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