March 8, 2019 - The bottle was in good condition, but the cork broke. The wine was dark garnet in colour and offered black currant, cherry and plenty of bell pepper as well as herbal spice on the nose. On the sour and fruit-bitter palate, the wine showed cherry, weak black currant, bell pepper, spices and herbal spice, with slightly pronounced acidity, fully resolved tannin and good length. On day two, the wine remained fruit-bitter, but was more cedary and leathery and tired. This bottle was still drinkable, but had passed its prime probably five to ten years ago. A few year past it’s best. Drink up. NR.
February 9, 2019 - Drinking really well. I don't think it will get any better, but where is is today is just right!
May 7, 2017 - From a double magnum, third of four nights, Cabernet Sauvignon at its best, floral nose of black cherry, black berry, briar, and dusty earth, same on the palate, big body, delicious, elegant, time to drink up but showing the best nose and palate tonight of all four nights, mouth filling and tasty fruit, long, long, flavorful finish.
May 5, 2017 - Nose of black cherry, boysenberry, sage, and dusty earth, same on the palate, found a double magnum in the cellar from an auction I bought for $70 two years ago, consumed over four nights at $17.50 a night and worth it, big body, showing its age and secondary taste characteristics, delicious, mouth filling fruit, time to drink up, this was a great Cabernet Sauvignon year so I bought a lot of !985 vintage wines and enjoyed them all, easy to sip and savor, long, long finish.
November 26, 2015 - I took a little time for this wine to open up. The next day the wine was better, but not great. By the third day, the wine had finally opened up and was strutting it's stuff. Notes of cranberry, cherry, old wood, and earth. Tannins were dry, tea-like. I was surprised that this wine held on it's own for three days considering the age. From a magnum.
September 4, 2015 - Short finish, past its prime.
June 13, 2015 - Tight and even a bit tart at first but opened up nicely and became a lovely bottle.
January 15, 2014 - Wine & Dine : Some Cali Cabs (@ Nicolas): Perfectly mature wine. I have little experience with Cali Cabs, but if I did not know what it was I would not have guessed it was California. The structure profile is not Bordeaux though, and it has some green notes to it that reminds me of some old Chinon. It has a serious and strict aspect to it. The low alcohol makes it very digest and easy to drink. Very good with beef cheeks.
December 13, 2013 - Ruby and garnet in color. Nose of cherries and earth. Taste of rasberries, bell peppers, cedar and slight earthiness. Tasted from Magnum and held up relatively well. Sturdy tannins, but faint fruit.
November 2, 2013 - Crumbly cork, low neck fill, part of an estate pick up of declining wines, so there was limited expectation.
Fruit was very faded with weak tannins and a mature funk dominating. It did get a bit better after an hour, but this was probably the first bottle of wine in a long time that I did not finish.
(If I was at home, I probably would have)
Friends who are used to fruit bombs with little experience with mature wines did not like it, I felt it was well past prime.