This 21 year old is in good form. The quite perfumed but not exaggerated nose shows still primary red berry fruit, red floral and mineral touches with a dab of cedar. The palate is up-front being full/medium bodied and quite rich on entry showing more red fruit, underlying roundness and very lively acidity with the aromas from the nose continuing. The overall effect is quite elegant. However, it tails off somewhat towards the finish with little support from refined tannins but the attractive aromas remain perceptible for some time. I believe that 1993 was not a ripe vintage by Californian standards but that is probably a positive factor for my European palate. Very good.
Very well balanced, tannins nicely integrated and fine. Green almost bell pepper aromas and taste, would have mistaken this for a great Cabernet Franc in blind tasting. Drinking very nicely at present, but doubt will improve in cellar
Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): This was hitting on all cylinders for me. Exactly what I'd expect a wine of this caliber. Cloudy ruby color. Tinting brick at the rim especially. Pretty bright cherries, tomato. Palate is soft and still showing nice resolved tannins. Subtle and feminine caressing and balanced. Some green herbs and olive on the finish as well. Really nice. Drink now.
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; popped, poured and consumed over the course of 2 hours. Dark ruby core with some bricking at the rim. Notes of blackberry leaf, leather, earth and a hint of cedary dark fruits. Medium-bodied, round texture, lacking just a bit in terms of depth and lift; tannins have fully resolved, with not a harsh edge to be found. I think this wine reached peak maturity a few years ago, and should be drunk up.
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