October 22, 2021 - Meh.
October 4, 2021 - A year later, this is settling down nicely. Still young and a bit grippy, but not exceedingly so. depending on your taste it could be ready to go, or can certainly profit from another year or two, either way.
August 14, 2021 - Better tonight (48 hours opened). Slightly more fruit present and I can't believe its been two days opened. The wine is built to age. Wait 3-5 years
August 11, 2021 - PNP tonight. I found the wine more closed than last year. Perhaps it is entering a stage of development. Blue fruits and muted at that. Mouthfeel is still rich, velvety and viscous. The spices dominate and the closed nature made it difficult to appreciate. Still lovely. Not scoring tonight.
June 16, 2021 - Have popped a couple of these now. Find it to be right in the 94-95 range for us. I think it's going to get better with some age, but not be a "long hauler" in general. You'll see the fruit pretty quickly.
Really deftly made vino IMHO to present this much fruit but have the structure to go lovely with a ribeye. I don't see this vintage being as good as 2016, but damn glad I have a few in my cellar.
June 16, 2021 - 1hr to open up in the glass. Drinking amazing we’ll for a young wine. Dense black fruit, firm tannins, but smooth. Full bodied, long finish. Much more depth than the ‘17. This will drink well for years to come. It’s a big wine, but not jammy and over the top.
May 7, 2021 - Deep red-plum, unbelievable color. That was the most mesmerizing part of this wine. Chocolate, licorice, red and dark fruit, cinnamon and baking spice on nose/palate. Really long finish. Gripping tannin but needed plenty of air to find balance. Was very disappointed on P&P but has grown on me significantly with time. Very enjoyable. Drink now with air or wait a few years.
April 12, 2021 - dark rich fruit with lots of brooding tannin, minerality, plum, graphite, tar and earth but integrated tannin and super long finish
March 6, 2021 - Decanted for several hours and brought by a friend to our house for dinner. Tasted along side 1986 Ch. Pichon Lalande and 1992 Ridge Monte Bello. Even though I gave this a good score, it is just not my style of wine. For me this pales in comparison to the others, not because it isn’t as big or rich but because it is over the top for my taste. This is labeled as 14.9% ABV but tastes more like nearly 16%. Clearly this is still a baby and needs some time in the cellar to settle down but this will never be a balanced wine in my mind. This is dense opaque purple black with glass coating crimson stain. Sweet, dark red fruit on the nose along with menthol, alcohol and some oak induced baking spices including vanilla. There is a great deal of tannin, some might describe it as “ripe” but it is mouth coating and intensely drying given its youth and more characteristic of young Nebbiolo. It is very viscous (alcohol?) with dense legs coating the glass. The flavors are big, powerful and in your face. Palate has sour black cherry, boysenberry, blueberry and tart black currant as well. Very primary. Finish is long but uncomfortable as it is somewhat bitter and lingers due to the tannin and small amount of residual sugar. On its own I find this difficult to drink at best but with steak and mushrooms it is a reasonable pairing.
I have never cared for wines of this style and find little interesting about them. I just don’t understand the attraction...and the price makes absolutely no sense to me. This was my first Cali Cab from the 2018 vintage which is getting huge kudos from the pro reviewers...the only thing I can glean is that it will be a vintage that will please you if you like this extremely ripe, heavily extracted style of wine. My initial reaction is that the 2016 Cali Cabs are on the whole much more balanced and less over the top ripe. I remember a discussion I had with Nicolas Morlet of Peter Michael (et al) at a trade tasting just after the 2016’s were released where he and I disagreed about the 2016 and 2018 vintages...he seemed to feel the 2016 Les Pavots didn’t measure up while I thought it was the best wine from them I had ever tasted. He was much more excited about the 2018 vintage. Different strokes for different folks...I guess.
March 4, 2021 - Layered dark fruit and complex