July 16, 2018 - The last of the case of mixed-vintage library releases that I bought after the '08 market crash. I will really miss these, because the wine was still alive and fresh, but clearly aged with lovely secondary flavors.
December 30, 2013 - Coravin-ed two samples, but that was a waste because it turned out to be badly corked. Was going to do side by side with 1995, which was still pretty nice though fading.
November 10, 2013 - had w/ dinner party ... lamb and chicken. opened it 4 hours before dinner, cork was soaked so decanted 2x then let sit. drank very well. velvet like with nice balance. it was thinner than i remembered but guests drank all of it (always a good sign)
January 12, 2013 - David White comes to town (Domaine Wine Storage and Sun-Wah BBQ, Chicago IL): Nose: Nice and balanced nose with tones of cedar, mint, dark red cherries, and cassis tones. There is solid depth on the nose with a polished quality to the tones.
Taste: Very well balanced medium body with smooth tannins and medium acidity. The tones of cedar, tobacco, mint, cassis, and dark red cherries blend well together.
Overall: This was showing very well. A quality mature Cali Cab that is drinking at it's best right now.
December 5, 2012 - Preparing to take this to a party, my wife dropped it and broke it -- 80% of it ended up splattered on the countertop. I did manage to drink up the remaining 20%, which was quite good, but it wasn't how I wanted to enjoy the wine.
September 2, 2012 - drinking well, medium body,
slight oak, tabacco, earthy, light tanins
February 12, 2012 - You should just break out an Ah So cork remover to begin with on this, as the cork, though maintaining a fine seal, was a spongy mush when removing with my best corkscrew (I didn't have one with me at the restaurant, nor did they have one.) That said, the wine itself was in fine shape, quite fresh, silky, and in a fine mature spot. Good drinking.
November 13, 2011 - i loved it. we balanced and still mildly fruity ... just a wonderful 10+ year old CA Cab. For the money, it just doesn't get better than this one ... i do think, however, if you have some in the cellar you'd want to drink these soon ...
November 10, 2011 - My last bottle, still hanging in there. Was excellent purchase, wish I had some more. Smooth and tasty.
August 28, 2011 - really drinking well for its age. complexity remains, no aged nose and just as smooth as silk ..
only downside, the cork was completely trashed (a wet sponge really)