Bought this 10-ish years ago. Maybe it was even a gift, but either way, I have had it for a long time. Mediocre producer, bad year, but wine has developed into a very good to excellent wine. Popped, decanted and poured and followed for three hours. Kept getting better with the air. When I opened it, I thought it was going to end up as an 85 point OK wine, nothing special but not bad. However, as it got a chance to gain some air, it gradually developed some very nice dark red fruits with nice dark cherry. There is still a bit of unresolved tannin, even after 16 years. Color is dark with no bricking. Wood referenced in other CT reviews is almost all gone, with just a tiny bit of a mix of cedar and oak. Finish is soft but long. Nose is subdued.
I opened this with the expectation that it would either be a pleasant surprise or I would write a note that started with "what possessed me to buy this?" The result is door number one.
Unfortunately opened and poured into plastic cups, which greatly detracted from the ability to take a proper reading. This wine seemed very mature and neutral, both olfactory and taste-wise. Notes of plum and black cherry. Decent structure, resolved tannins - enjoyable without any noticeable flaws.
PnP tonight as I prepared spice rubbed grilled pork tenderloin. Wine stored in temp controlled cellar since release - Color was surprisingly youthful given prior comments. Nose is muted, probably due to age & the cooler vintage. Flavors are classic Napa cab, but muted; fruit has faded a lot over time and the finish is shorter than what I recall. Still showing well given its age, no one would guess '98. Will see how it shows with some air and food.... 90 minutes later this wine is actually showing quite strong, fruit has come to the fore and the wine is very balanced, not overly oaked at all. A pleasant surprise for sure.
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