Jeez, did Wine Spectator whiff on this back in 2008, a 78 ? This is the second bottle of this that I have had in as many years, just a shining example of how great an aged Napa Cabernet can be after a few years in an well kept cellar. Stood up for 30 minutes and then decanted for 45 minutes. Insignificant but slightly noticeable signs of bricking, which is to be expected after close to ten years; medium bodied. Intoxicatingly aromatic, showing aromas of purple flowers, spicy black currant, leafy tobacco, dark berries, juicy plums, and chocolate covered cherries. Rich, expressive, balanced, complex, and elegant. Tannins, acidity, and oak all in equilibrium. Very impressive. Better than I remember from last year.
Drinking nicely, gave it about 90 minutes in the decanter, nice eucalyptus note on the nose. On the palate, medium-bodied, nice fruit and tannins still showing. modest finish. Not a big california bomber, plenty of structure for some more time in the cellar.
At this price point, I was a bit disappointed by the harsh and somewhat unpleasant tannins, however time may cure them as Day 2 showed the wine continuing to display tannic flavor notes. To be continued.
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