Popped and poured. Tasted with the 07 Ciel side by side. Amazing how different the Ciel and Tapteil were. The Merlot really shone through here vs the cab Sav and Cab Franc of the Ciel. I get Plum and wet stone notes. Not a lot of structure left so it worries me that it might be on the downhill slope. Agree with San Diego Dago - started off well then went flat.
Very solid wine! Still has a fantastic primary core of black/dark fruit, but a firm skeleton with solid tannin and an acid spine. The wine today is more in balance than a bottle I sampled 5+ years ago. The elements have become more synchronized. Right now this shows as a delicious wine with quite a bit of upside potential. This was my last bottle, which saddens me because I think this wines best days lie ahead. I'm thinking another 3-5 years and this wine will hit its best potential. But it might well hold there for many years. Excellent wine!
Quite odd - cork seemed to reek of TCA, but the wine was pristine. I have limited experience with Red Mountain wines, but I would consider this closer to Bordeaux than Napa. Dried fruit, bramble, and licorice on the nose. Somewhat reticent aromatically (especially upon opening), with the cab franc the dominant player on the nose. However, the soft (not overly ripe) warm dried fruits show very well on the palate, and this definitely brings you back for another sip. The complex finish lingers and lingers... A quality wine.
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(Cadence Red Wine Taptiel Vineyard Red Mountain) Dark and purply. An extremely fragrant, beautiful nose with earth, currant, and black licorice. A bit more masculine in style than the Ciel wine with a lot of structure. Lingers for a long finish. Give three to five years. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot. 14.4% alcohol. 440 cases produced.
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