May 5, 2019 - Wine of the night beating out Hundred Acre and Paul Hobbs. Full bodied yet elegant and precise with the structure to make for the long long haul. Black fruit centric with touches of vanilla, graphite, cassis and dark chocolate. Tannins are firm but non obtrusive with all elements statures and siloed. This will need time to fully come together but easy to drink now.
April 9, 2019 - Drank over two nights without decanting. A bit closed during the first one and deliciously open on the second.
March 9, 2019 - I found this bottle hiding in the wine safe and thought what the heck. It is drinking well right now, and was delicious right away. Still has a firm tannic backbone with plum, cassis and some resiny briar notes. Cleary this is just beginning to enter it's drinking window, but I think the acidity and tannins still have yet to come into balance.
October 2, 2018 - From a magnum. Initially very green, which dissipated as the wine opened. Rich, sweet stewed red fruit. Okay, admittedly not my kind of Cab., but oh that coconut was such an unfortunate component, distraction from the jammy fruit.
July 16, 2018 - Very good but too early to drink. I think it needs to age another 3-6 years.
June 2, 2018 - Continues to drink well. Amazed by the almost chocolate dark color and rich aroma. Silky broad first taste ending in a nice endless flavor end. Love it!
May 9, 2018 - Upgraded from my prior tasting note that I copied below only because it is even showing better now a year later. Great structure and layers that you can peel back one layer at a time. The note below still stands, but it has a bit more black cherry this time. More like a Boredeaux than a Cali Cab., which will only become more pronounced with age in bottle.
Already showing secondary notes and evolution, but with a great central core of fruit. Cedar, Cassis, Licorice, and blackberries. Lovely! Drinking great now.
December 31, 2017 - New Year's Eve a friend brought. Hint of cassis, vanilla and Berries nose but not profound. Maybe it should have been decanted for longer than an hour. Good texture and a finish of 15 seconds.
December 3, 2017 - Great wine~
November 11, 2017 - A lovely wine that was drinking very well tonight with a two hour decant. This was a generous gift from my son-in-law four years ago so drank it tonight as he was here with my daughter from NYC for my 60th birthday.
This is big Napa Cabernet and reminds me of Mondavi Reserve with cassis, vanilla and a creamy mouthfeel that lasts on the finish. Drank with a 2010 Anderson’s CVV Cabernet they held its own at 1/3 the price although the Opus out-pointed it by one in my book. A memorable experience.