2016 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville

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  • TXRDW wrote: 97 points

    April 20, 2019 - Materium 2016 vs. Carter OG 2016 side-by-side.

    Given CT scores consistently in the 97-100 range for these two great wines I wanted to use each bottle simultaneously as a benchmark for the other. I was trying to avoid finding one wine “a perfect 100” one week and then later liking the other wine better without showing a relative preference. Given the near religious experience one can find in great wines, I decided Easter weekend was appropriate in my quest for perfection. To assist me with my quest I enlisted the help of my daughter, taking a break from her CPA exams to help in my own audit.

    Upon opening, both wines seemed tight. The OG was a brooding beast, though slightly acidic. The Materium was super smooth, but not as substantial as the OG. Decided to slow ox for a few hours, then decant. The extra time benefited the Materium far more than the OG, allowing the wine to really come to life and show off it’s impressive structure. Not to be outdone, the OG established itself as a truly transformational beauty of a wine.

    Of particular note was how much better the Materium performed at the the 6-7 hour mark, while the OG was consistently great.

    My sense is that the OG slightly outshines the Materium at this point in time, but the Materium seems to be more suited for time in the cellar. I would suggest that the OG is much closer now to its optimal drinking window than is the Materium, but I would not be at all surprised if 3-5 years from now the Materium develops into the better wine.

    For now - Materium 97, OG 99

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  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/20/19, 11:22 PM - Awesome! Well done on the choice and timing! What were your daughter’s thoughts?

  • TXRDW commented:

    4/21/19, 6:04 AM - We had tasted the two wines from initial opening through 7 hours. My daughter initially didn’t think that the Materium was in the same league as the OG, but by hour 7 she was genuinely surprised as to how much she started to like the Materium. I guess college students don’t slow ox $8.00 cabs with any luck.

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/21/19, 8:50 AM - Hilarious!

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