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2018 Seven Apart Cabernet Sauvignon Expedition Napa Valley
5/23/2021 - mvande21 wrote:
94 points
Inky dark purple. Violet nose. Black fruits, graphite, tobacco. Full bodied and balanced, though acidity/alcohol/tannins are elevated at this young age. Long finish. This is a well made Cab but too young for consumption without an extended decant. Paired with a porterhouse steak. My one hour decant not nearly long enough. Second day much better. I'm holding remaining bottles for seven plus years.
  • mvande21 commented:

    8/12/21, 10:11 PM - The 2018 Expedition is similar to the 2016 BV Estate and also Ed's 2018 Cardano Owner's Reserve in many respects - aromatics, black fruits, graphite, tannin. However I think the Expedition is more structured, complex and slightly more massive. It's tight now and will be in better balance in a few years. That said, I really love the BV Estate and Reserve wines from that same vineyard. I'm sitting on quite a few and presently buying Cardano Reserves and Black Fruit wines. As far as the pricing issue, I actually expected the Expedition to hit at $250. At one point they hit my card for that amount, then refunded and moved the introduction out a year. I never heard $75 quoted. Hope this helps!

2014 Beau Vigne Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Stags Ridge Vineyard Napa Valley
12/12/2020 - mvande21 wrote:
95 points
Dark purple. Aromatic black fruit and violets. Big wine with blackberry, vanilla and tobacco notes. Prominent fruit, balanced acidity. Smooth, mouth filling with integrated tannins and a long finish. Paired well with sirloin.
  • mvande21 commented:

    12/12/20, 10:50 PM - I decanted half the bottle for two hours, the remaining consumed from the bottle. Last pours were the best. Generally save a bit more for the second day but the wife liked it too!

2014 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
11/25/2020 - mvande21 wrote:
94 points
Rich, bold, teeth staining. Black fruits, black cherry, spice. Great acidity and balance. Nice mouth feel. Structured with grippy tannins.
  • mvande21 commented:

    11/26/20, 4:26 PM - This wine complimented seared and baked thick pork chops. Decanted half the bottle an hour ahead of the meal. I consumed a 2008 Relentless recently as well. It has held up fine with plenty of fruit and subdued tannins. Good stuff!

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