Dark raspberry and smoky black cherry nose. Deep plum, slight anise, and a bit of spice on the palate with a moderate length but intense finish. Tannin and acid are well integrated. This could actually brighten up if the tannin softens and integrates a bit more. But I don't think it will happen. Good wine with my birthday dinner.
Decanted for a good hour before tasting. Dark purple core, pink rim. Sweet blue fruit with further hints of espresso, liquorish, menthol and cedar-wood. Very forward in style – monolithic fruit, lots of dry extract and moderate grip. This is pretty much as close to a stereotypical Cali Cab as you can get, and will no doubt divide opinions. High quality raw materials and winemaking, but the end result will not be to everybody’s taste. Should keep for a few more years, but shedding more tannin will quickly render it flabby. Hard to dislike, but in my wiev best without food.
Impenetrable purple-black. Black plums, christmas pudding and lifted violets notes. Mouthcoating, thick palate with layers of fine tannins and masses of dark fruit, chocolate, and black licorice flavours. Colossal wine, still a baby. Much bigger in style than I remember Stags Leap being on my trip to Napa a few tears back. I'd tuck these away for awhile. (92+ Very good wine)
Flat on initial taste but opens up on palate. Full fruit , all glorious harvest tastes and a bright bold finish. I thought it is tasting well now in 2014. May benefit (a bit) with more time in bottle but I wouldn't wait too long. The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. The body is medium/full. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity.
Worryingly, the nose opens with a big whiff of Vegemite. Behind that are notes of mulberry, blackberry, and anise. The palate shows strong, structured, but gentle tannins. The flavour is primarily earthy, with flavours of star anise, forest floor, and truffle, but there are also fruit notes of blackberry, plum, and pomegranate. Shows structure and complexity; seems built to last.
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