This birth year bottle has been waiting to jump into my son's glass. Perfect time and place. This was simply incredible, delicate, but full strength and tremendous flavor. Not fading at all. People couldn't believe how old it was! Who says that CA Cabernet doesn't age with the best of them!
Decanted for a half hour. It has an incredibly expressive, floral nose. Elegant and beautifully balanced, the tannins are still medium plus in intensity. The Cabernert Franc gives it a certain lightness which evokes Old World sensitivities. Great depth of flavor and a nice long finish. It is in a very good drinking window, and I would drink it now. It could probably age for a couple more years, but why push it? I have to believe that few California wines could show this well after 25 years.
Sampled 12/28/11 from MAGNUM. Cork, fill and color were all great. A bit astringent out of the gate, but it mellowed a lot over the next couple hours. Some nice dark fruits with cassis and hints of spice. A decent enough wine but nothing to get too excited about.
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