Poured from magnum and decanted for 30 minutes, this wine is dusty ruby in color and showed Bordeaux-like aromas of cigar box, saddle leather, red currant and truffle. The mouth feel brought soft, aged tannins and elements of Asian plum sauce and creme de cassis. The finish was firm and plump but somewhat short, with the flavors ending quickly and not lingering.
Shared with my boss at The Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell, NJ (an outstanding BYOB in the Central NJ countryside), this wine has reached its peak. Drink now - 2016.
Graceful and elegant. Had with rib roast. Great compliment. Happy to have waited to enjoy this gem! Opened an hour, no decant, from magnum. Plenty of fruit, well integrated tannins and a superb finish. Clearly at its peak, so drink up.
Although this had been purchased in magnum directly from the winery, I was a bit concerned given my recent "mediocre" experience with this producers vintage 2000 Estate Cab and a less than stellar 1998 vintage in Napa. The cork was in pristine condition upon opening, but there was lots of sediment in the bottle neck. Poured into a large magnum decanter and enjoyed over a two hour period with a Christmas smoked prime rib. Much to my surprise and to the enjoyment of my dinner guests, the wine was very good and displayed considerable complexity with flavors of spicy red currant, dried red plum, tobacco, leather, chocolate, and some vestiges of black fruit. Wine has definitely peaked, is still enjoyable, and very drinkable for the foreseeable future. Solid finish. I wouldn't wait too much longer on drinking this.
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