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.
Decanted briefly. Needs more decanting for the alcohol to blow off. It's still very nice, with good tannins. Seems like a 91-92 point wine, but I will reserve judgment until I've given the next bottle more decanting.
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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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