Wine Group New Year's Eve Dinner hosted by Aniko. 5 wines from 1985, thirty years ago. Lovely nose of black cherry fruit, mint, eucalyptus, more of the same on the palate, opened nicely but slightly subdued, medium/big body, touch of tar on the long finish. My second place.
This was the surprise of the evening. This wine was very much together and at full maturity. All the great secondary traits were there, dried cherry, leather, a bit of olive, martha's vineyardesque mint/eucalyptus. Tannins were silky smooth and hardly noticeable. The fruit was there and up front. Total balance. I'm not sure of the future but where it's at right now it was wow. Against some big time competition that evening and it held it's own. No decant - lasted for about 1 1/2 hours.
Minty, eucalyptus, smoky campfire nose. Smells like classic old Cali Cab. Mature, silky palate with swelling acidity that crests and blossoms under cherry, jalapeno, garrigue, andes mint. Cool, fresh, and great with food.
Excellent wine. Youthful, very vibrant, with at least a decade to go at this level of quality. Huge nose a full 90 minutes after decanting. Dusty tannins, not very strong. Blackberries. Medium-long finish. Very well integrated.
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(Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard) Bricking opaque purple red violet color; mint, eucalyptus, tart blackberry, green herb nose; maturing, mint, olive, weedy, tart plum, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish (13.4% alcohol)
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