Ruby, bricking orange. Lots of earthy elements on the nose; plums, wet foliage, dried mint, saladitos, and a touch of walnut shell. Displays a tart entry, juicy middle, dry back end, and a spicy finish. It retains a decent amount of fruit so it still brings drinking pleasure, but I'd drink up soon.
This was surprisingly rich and relatively young for being 31 years old. Upon opening, the acid was puckering but this settled down with 30 minutes of air. Some primary notes still lingered and, frankly, was at an ideal state of development. I'm assuming this bottle was stored well, as it could easily last another 5 years or so, though I don't see any reason not to drink right now. I was expecting a dead bottle and this was the highlight of an evening with a number of younger, much more expensive california cabs. Remarkable bottle for the $40 I paid.
A Labor of Love (and wine and beer) (Our home): This was decanted for sediment, then drunk. So sure, its past prime, but it was fun. A 30 year old Cal Cab. Purple in color. The nose shows better than the palate. Cassis and bit of dust and chocolate. On the palate, most of the fruit has faded but there is still some cherry fruit. There are layers of saddle leather, forest floor and tea. Nice balance. Impressive showing.
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