December 27, 2018 - Consumed from Magnum. Fully resolved. Drank well right out of the gate but the fruit started to come around at the 2.5 hour mark. Aging nicely but not sure it improves much from here. Should continue to hold for a few more years.
August 9, 2014 - This is closed down right now. You need to wait a few years.
June 7, 2014 - Opened at a restaurant. Popped and let it stand for an hour while drinking a Burg. In a great place right now and drank great after an hour of air. Big wine, but balanced. I liked this.
February 4, 2014 - Needed 3 hours of decanting before it opened up........ too young
February 4, 2014 - I said a year ago that decanted for an hour, probably needed 3, and frankly it was almost the same. I decanted an hour and it didn't open up and get going for another 2 .................. way too young
February 5, 2013 - Decanted for an hour, probably needed 3, still too young
November 25, 2012 - Took to Spiaggia in Chicago, great wine with excellent structure and fruit. Needs time in a decanter to open up.
March 24, 2012 - decanted, and followed in the glass for 2 hours. quite good. some 04 cabs have disappointed. perhaps this is immune as a bordeaux blend giving it more complexity. this bottle is expressive and interesting to drink.
March 6, 2012 - Took on business trip. Popped and poured after bumpy journey. Incredible nose that was full and vibrant of ripe fruit. Dark black inky look that complimented the aroma of this beauty. Rich texture that was full of dark cherries, cocoa, leather and tobacco, with definite hints of smokiness. This vintage is definitely drinking well. The finish was easily a minute or longer! this Gemstone has lots of aging ability at this point, but is outstanding to drink now.
September 25, 2011 - decanted, but clearly off from previous bottles. harsh tannin not very enjoyable.