The nose was large-scaled yet beautiful all the same, showing dark red fruits, currant, sweet herbs, cedar and spice box. On the palate, I found rich, velvety textures with a vein of acidity which kept it lively with flavors of black cherry, cola, cocoa and cream. It finished shorter than expected with a note of heat leaving an impression of cherry liquor with sweet herbs.
The Traveling Brisket and Helmet Show: a bit 2006 cab is probably not smart thing to open, but we "Pobegaed" it :) This is BIG. cassis, jam, ripe powerful fruit. Day 3: (honestly needed day 3 here.) Clean, though ripe, cassis and blackberry fruit. the alc has settled (on night one i breathed into the glass and almost burned my eyes out). Mid is big, ripe and nowhere near ready. rather disjointed part now - oak and fruit and acids - all there but nowhere close to coming together. heat on the finish with a good tannic grip. no clue what to score this since i cannot foretell its future. It is much more drinkable on day 3 - but i think i may pop the rest in the fridge and return in a few more days. BTW i must add a note on the bottle. This bottle is as large and many a magnum and weighs more empty than 3 other bottles. this is simply ridiculous and shameful. sorry but i honestly do not get the trend.
My 3rd WOTN tasted blind. I thought it was a Colgin, it had been opened for about 6 hours before drinking. Pure cases, great extraction and length. This was still way too young even with the longer decant time. The tannins were in the way a little to let it truly shine. Still an excellent wine and I wish I had more!
Domestic Cab dinner (Eddie V's): Tastes very cultish cab, intense blue fruits, crème de cassis, blueberry jam, incense, sweet spices, ink and mocha. Exceptional concentration, round and silky, cool intense blue fruit driven palate impression, nicely integrated tannins and lovely seamless long finish. Great showing, very polished yet intense.
Dinner with Johnny and Chris (Whisk (Chicago, IL)): I was lucky enough to have been saved a taste from Johnny and Chris' dinner at RPM Steak the night before. Thanks guys - really. Stunning array of aromas. From dark black cherry, elegant soy and hoisen as well as exotic Asian spice, baking spices, deep dark purple flowers. Fantastic. The palate is robust and rich. I could tell it had been open for a while, but there was still plenty of life in the finish. Gorgeous fruit, earth and spice. Long finish. Extremely well made. Schrader literally always delivers.
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