A stunning cali cab! I am not exaggerating when I say that this is better than most Monte Bello's I have had, and I think it would have stood up well, and probably bested, the likes of a 73 and 75 Monte Bello, 87 Dunn Howell mtn, 74 and 85 BV Georges de Latour, and 1991 Togni that I had at a recent tasting. The only nit is that it is almost (but not quite!) a little too rich and sweet. But, OH, the cab fruit in this! Medium ruby with definite bricking at the edges. The nose screams cab from the get go and is holding up well in the glass. Spicy cassis, wild red and blue fruits, black cherry, the intensely sweet fruit manages to stay just this side of jammy, and there are well-resolved tannins and acidity to balance the fruit. Medium to long finish with an echo of the bouquet that resonates intensely in the mouth after the wine goes down. This would be so easy to polish off by oneself over the course of an evening without any difficulty - on its own, with steak, with cheese, back on its own. Pure deliciousness! A stunning deal at auction. I am glad I have 2 more bottles, and will look for more! (wait, perhaps I shouldn't post this until I find more ;) ! )
Day 2: After 1/2 btl corked and kept in fridge over night...holding up very well. Still delicious.
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