Shows a bit hot at first before settling down and giving up notes of dark fruit, spice, perfume and florals. Full-bodied and very well-balanced, with flavors of mixed fruit, warm spice, black cherry and just a bit of earth too. With a little more swirling, there's a Bordeaux-ish quality to this wine that I find absolutely delightful. This is my wheelhouse for Napa cabernets- those done with an "old world sensibility." Long, balanced finish. In the running for my wine of the night. 95+ pts.
We thought a nice pair of 2007s would be a fun theme and a welcome pair of wines for Rich's first tasting in some time after the surgeries. This too had been double decanted about four hours before the flight. Our first bottle to be opened, and I think I will seek out some more.
Opened for father's day. Did not decant, but opened about 2 hours before serving. Very nice Cabernet entering its drinking window. Intense cassis with moderate tannins still largely hidden by the fruit, lengthy finish. Served with duck breast and new potatoes confit and the Montelena was a an excellent match with the balanced acidity and tannin to balance the fat in the duck. This wine will be even better in a couple of years and should have a long life.
I liked this a lot. This really shows off the ripeness of Napa while retaining excellent balance. You don't really feel the heat here in the alcohol but the fruit is lovely and rich. Starting to take on some very nice sous bois, farm notes. Fine tannins, long and positive finish.
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