Flickinger Warehouse Tasting (Chicago, IL): Admittedly, this is not quite my jam. The nose here is much, much better than the palate. There are many of the elements of good cabernet I like here, starting with a good bit of dustiness, some herbaceous elements, and some juicy black fruit (which is fine in such a young wine). But the palate has a bit too much bitter oak tannin and alcohol for me to really enjoy this.
This vintage is drinking very well now. I have a magnum in the cellar and am certain that it will continue to improve for 5 or more years. Well balanced and great finish. Everyone loved it at dinner. Did not decant and not sure if we had that it would have been much better. Paired well with the special of skirt steak and spare ribs.
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