Dinner at Home; 12/30/2015-1/9/2016 (Fremont, CA): Deep ruby with age-appropriate bricking; while decanting had wonderful blackberry fruit, but that seems more reticent in the glass, some eucalyptus and mint, some blackberry; palate is full bodied, integrated tannin, moderate alcohol (~14%?), some blackberry fruit, slight bitterness that is unusual for a cab, flavor fades a bit through the midpalate; medium finish. Overall well balanced and enjoyable to drink but it didn't stand out to me. Will likely last for a while but may not improve. 90-91 Update: Improving with 30-60 minutes of air. Better fleshed out through the midpalate, which happened with the 1994 Napa Valley alongside it as well. The 94 has better concentration of fruit and the 97 seems a bit more ponderous and closed at this point... may need some time. Nose shows a bit more green vegetal at this point starting to hint at bordeaux qualities. I like this better now than when first tried... 90-91+
From magnum, decanted at 3 pm and drunk over the next 6 hours. Deep dark garnet. Plenty of earth, tobacco, leather and red and black berris in the nose. Soft and rich mouth feel flavors reflect the nose with some chocolate on the finish. Probably best at about the 3-4 hour period. Enjoyed by all.
Cork crumbled but wine intact. Jet black with lots of sediment, but a curiously reticent nose. Tremendous depth and viscosity, but strangely coupled with a slightly short finish. Still excellent overall, and in the mid to even late stage of its drinking window. Would definitely purchase again.
What a difference almost 6 years makes! This wine has gone from a sour oak bomb to a well integrated, new world style Bordeaux. Crisp and clean right after decanting. Color and tannins tell me this can make another 5+ years, yet the wine is clearly at peak. good fruit coming through, in balance with the tannins. No need to wait anymore.
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