Belated 50th Birthday Dinner w/Wendy and Joe (Princeton, NJ): Haven't had this vintage in some time, remembering how good but primary it was on last tasting I wanted to give it time. Great to visit it at 10 years...Decanted for close to 4 hours prior to drinking, last wine of the evening after an 08 Checkerboard.
Dark crimson color. Nose was dark cherry, black tea, cedar and floral notes. Dark and red fruits, blackberry, blueberry, vanilla oak, a distinctive mid palate of raspberry liquor (Noted by other tasters), smoke...Tannins are sweet and resolved
Ovid (IMO) is always a spectacular wine, this would be the most aged version I have had...the wine has retained the rich fruit profile while adding secondary and tertiary characteristics with age. Really impressive wine, was my WOTN against some strong competition...
Decanted and consumed over a few hours. Beautiful floral aromas and well integrated oak is a hallmark of these wines. The high percentage of cab franc lends to some of the beautiful aromas of tea, cedar and tobacco. The fruit is plush with notes of dark stone fruit and a liqueur like raspberry. The finish is creamy and lasts well over a minute. This was a fabulous way for the wife and I to celebrate our tenth anniversary. Drink or hold this gem for ten or more years. Paired well with chateaubriand and bison carpaccio.
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(Ovid Napa Valley) The dark, blood-red color mesmerizes with its deep glimmer; the intense bouquet seduces with pomegranate aromas, dancing with red fruits, dark plum, and cherry behind a thin veil of licorice. For a native of California or perhaps Tokyo, the nose may call forth memories of Sweet Osmanthus flowers, similar to ripening apricots. Although the aromatic intensity does not carry through fully to the palate, elements of mocha and dark cacao lead to dark-cherry notes, blending with dusty spice, graphite, and tightly wound tannin in a well-structured wine with a rich chocolate finish. Winery Spotlight: Ovid
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