July 8, 2019 - A little disappointing at the pnp.....subtle red fruit/bramble nose but overcome with a moderate alcohol component that despite swirling and trying to aerate off, seems persistent and doesn't want to leave even after an hour in the glass. Early entry the fruit and wine is thin in the mouth, like a lightweight inexpensive bright red fruit cab, but after an hour in the glass it picks up some weight and dark red/black fruit. Early on there is a slight tartness to the fruit and this wanes over time. There is a hint of anise or licorice as time goes on but nothing very strong. There is a nice line of acidity providing some backbone, but color me not too impressed for the pedigree or the price. I'll hold the rest of my '14 bottles another couple years and hope that it improves further with time. This bottle decidedly beneath one from about 6 months ago. Maybe it's heading into a little dumb phase for a while? It can't be declining this early on.......
June 19, 2019 - Very young, but serious potential here. Decanted for 30 minutes and drank over the next two hours. Nose is awesome. Really hitting its stride after two hours. Should have started drinking at two hours. My bottle is a 375mL. Have one bottle left; will let it sit for at LEAST five more years. I predict much better score down the road...
June 14, 2019 - This will be great in 2-3 years. Deep dark color. Taste of black licorice, toasted cedar and some soft spice. Hour 3 softened the tannins and brought a little sweetness out.
April 4, 2019 - Nice cab, still young... I could see it being quite good in 2-3 years, but as of now it's not memorable.
April 1, 2019 - Still coming together but nice fruit.
February 7, 2019 - Wonderful mountain fruit with plenty of character right from the pop n' pour. Classic cab flavors. Primarily red but some black/blue fruit, perfect tannins and a modicum of wood. The oak really gives the wine a bit of a rustic flavor. This is a very nice Cali cab! Plenty of years left ahead for this beauty!
January 17, 2019 - Popped and poured through a powered aerator. Deep opaque purple in color. Prominent nose nose of black cherry, blackberries, pine and graphite. Tastes is similar but with notes of pepper and cedar. Full body and nice balance of tannins and acidity. Blend of 75.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 2.5% Malbec.
December 21, 2018 - Big supple black and blue fruit on this one. Tannins actually came out after a 1 hour decant. You could definitely enjoy this now with steak. Will be better in 5 years but enjoyable now. No finesse. Just big fruit and great flavor.
October 29, 2018 - As expected this has firm and tightly structured mountain fruit, definitely not from the valley floor. Good density, intensity and focus. Two days to finish. Good relative value.
October 16, 2018 - Decisively the best wine tasted side by side with 6 of the top wines made by the Jackson family in California. Superbly structured by firm acidity and tannin, richly fruity, complex, deep, layered, mouth coating, and powerfully concentrated. Like 20 pounds of potatoes in a 10 pound sack. All the stuffing needed for decades of improvement to become completely seamless, caressingly smooth, and delightfully satisfying.