Decanted two hours before service. In the glass, deep red with shades of auburn. On the nose, a smoothly integrated mix of cedar, crushed currants, and pine. On the palate, more elegance, with cedar, dark fruit, notes of forest floor, and a nice mid-palate sweetness that in my experience presages great things, given enough cellar time. Quite nice now with a few hours of air, but the best days are several years ahead.
One of the nicer cabs I've had recently. cork broke in half but I performed surgery and the patient survived. Deep stain on cork, almost no infiltrations either. Nice heady bouquet of yeast; in fact, this wine has a very nice aroma period. Deep maroon color. Astringent, tannins in abundance, but after some time in the glass, very nice fruit. seems like there is a unique profile to this producers wines. is the the rutherford/Oakville mark? don't know. Long finish in excess of a minute, tasted in mouth much longer. Having over three days and the tannins still there, which tells me this might age quite a bit. Fruit took a few steps back in the process, and almost as if mid-palate disappeared. Still, very nice wine, savoring every sip. Throwing some sediments now reaching end of bottle, and some wine left overnight in glass showed extremely fine deposit, almost like a shellac like you get on a cars burnt cylinder head. No problem aging this second wine, should go ten more years. Recommended.
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