Beautiful bouquet with ripe and a bit sweet fruits as well as beautiful spiciness. On the palate soft cassis, chocolate, a lot of sweetness, but nicely balanced by good acidity. A concentrated beauty. No doubt completely ready now, but no real hurry either. It will most likely stay on this level for some years.
Classic Mountain Cabernet. Nose of currants, licorice cedar and tobacco. Palate is pure and medium plus bodied, with more currants, herbs, minerals and earth. Drinking very well but still has time. Solid 93 points, nearly on par with the 01 Cos served alongside it.
Gorgeous silky and refined texture is the notable feature of this excellent wine. I suspect a bit of American oak and super smooth cassis notes align with a touch of farmyard on the nose, The palate is extremely well constructed and has depth and great interest with nary a hard edge or under-ripe note. Very Californian but very classy. Drinking in early maturity. Not sure if it will improve (although it might) but it tastes excellent at the moment.
Purple-ruby color; cedar, combo of red and black fruits, hints vanilla; smooth, well integrated tannin with some residual structure, light but clean and crisp fruits. Very good overall, young maturity. 91
I would have mistaken this blind for a well-made Zinfandel (e.g. Ridge Geyserville or Carlisle). It had strong blueberry fruit that was not too syrupy, and was counterbalanced by a healthy acidity level. Not too heavy in the mouth. But pretty simple.
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