Now almost two years since I drank my previous bottle. Still youthful - same deep ruby color as before. Not modest on the nose - black fruit balanced with the classic secondary oak aromas. These follow through on the palate. Full silky smooth body, medium acidity and integrated medium tannins. I love this wine. Sadly, my last bottle (of this vintage). Outstanding.
Sheila's (waitinginmanassas) summary is spot on. On pop and pour, the aroma leaps from the bottle. Decanted for an hour but ready to go even earlier. Cassis, red fruit and some spice in a lush, deep package that screams Napa Cab.
From the wonderfully aromatic nose, to the velvety feel, to the perfectly integrated taste, this wine was wonderful. It was a perfect wine to celebrate the 12th anniversary of very good friends. I'm sorry I'm down to only one bottle left in my cellar.
Drank for our 4th wedding anniversary. Absolutely gorgeous. The nose explodes from the decanter with a very pure CS smell. Red fruits, some tertiary aromas, no green bell peppers or other green notes. The palate is red fruits, beautiful acidity and structure, nothing overpowering and everything perfectly resolved. This was flat-out amazing. No signs of slowing down, but I see zero reason to wait. I can't imagine this drinking better for my palate than it is now. I wish I had another bottle.
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