December 13, 2018 - Found 3 bottles in cellar with some doubt about 15 yr aged low $$ Chilean Cab. Pop and poured. Cork Pop passed nothing- cork intact.
Typical cat pee smell from Chilean Cab present. No VA, no browning. Wonderful Cab flavors and nose. No signs of aging at all. Left half bottle for next night to where it goes, Impressed. Very few California Cabs age this nice and NONE in this price range stand up like this wine. Glad to have 2 more bottles left
January 15, 2015 - Solid, nothing spectacular, likely past peak. A bit better assessment than my initial one.
September 25, 2013 - Similar to previous note - really no better in day 2 than day 1. Initial harshness, followed by very little flavor. There are a lot of cabs at this price point that are far superior.
September 23, 2013 - Overall - disappointing. Inky, deep color; initial harshness implied this would be a big wine, but not much after the initial impression. A bit of alcohol heat, but no lasting flavor profile. Did a pop and pour - will check back on it tomorrow to see if it opens up significantly
February 11, 2013 - Really like this bottle, all the rough edges are gone, so are the green elements that bothered me before. Deep red and black fruits, currants, leather, some oak, chocolate supported by smooth tannin and ample acidity.
September 28, 2012 - This is drinking well now, but with a year or two more it should be at its peak.
August 12, 2012 - Flowered nicely after having been in the cellar for nearly five years.
February 15, 2011 - Bon cab chilien!
October 27, 2010 - Day 1: Decanted 1 hour. The wine initially showed a lot of eucalyptus/mint aspects that took a while to get used to. Very interesting flavors, with some cedar wood, and lots of cassis fruit. Medium tannins that were nicely integrated. Acidity is near-perfect for my palate. Very robust wine. Vacu-sealed for tomorrow.
Day 2: The eucalyptus is barely present now, and the fruit has come to the front. Much more rounded and enjoyable, still with a touch of cedar, but that cassis fruit is singing, with a nice earthy/black tea component. Vacu-sealed again.
Day 3: Still holding together nicely, and in my opinion, drinking the best on this third day of being open. No eucalyptus showing, barely and cedar notes, just very smooth and integrated all around. A bit of earth but a surprising amount of floral notes coming in on the palate now. I sure wish I'd grabbed another couple bottles when I got this one (current vintage is 2007). At $16, this presents a great QPR buy!
October 17, 2010 - Dark fruits, earthy. Deep color. Rich flavors, quite complex. This line of wines is incredibly consistent year over year.