Wonderful wine. Didn't require nearly as much to get it going as I thought. Still, after 3 hours, this one was rather restrained. This one drank very similarly to the 7/22/12 notes that I made (and I'm really rather amazed that I was able to not drink any of these for almost 3 yrs). Black fruit on the front, LOTS of pepper on the finish. Compared to a 2008 Aloft Cab that this one was enjoyed side by side with, this one was actually more bold and peppery, whereas the Aloft was more of an elegant wine. The fruit has shown, but not to its true potential. I rate this one NR today as I feel that I have enough 94's to weight the final rating appropriately (and it really hasn't changed past this at the moment). Drink 2016-2040.
This only gets 5 stars because there aren't 6! An extraordinary bouquet. This is one of the softest wines I have ever tasted. Liquid velvet. Raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and pepper. A nice spicy finish. This is a helluva glass of wine and was worth the 8 year wait to open it!
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