April 7, 2019 - Started a bit rough, but opened well. Paired nicely with Roast Beast. Notes of leather and tobacco, with some blackberries, ground pepper and goat milk.
November 4, 2018 - Had 2 bottle for Birthday Dinner
showed really well right away and for another hour
Blackberries and blueberries, with a light feel on the tongue
smooth finish perfect tannins light but plenty of structure left
very nice bottle
May 5, 2018 - Alex's Birthday Party (Yan's China Bistro, Walnut Creek, Ca.): Nose of black berry, black cherry, boysenberry, and floral mums boquet, same on the palate, in this magnum format it showed very well, big body, tasty, mouth filling fruit, slightly pungent, long, medicinal finish.
October 1, 2017 - drank 2 bottles over 2 evenings both were excellent ready to drink when opened and holding up very well a couple hours after opening
big fruit nose slight bricking full fruit on tongue
balanced with a smooth finish
December 12, 2016 - Nose of blackberry, black cherry, and cassis, same on the palate, slightly old, very tasty, medium/big body, if you own, I suggest you drink up, mouth filling fruit, long, flavorful finish.
March 12, 2016 - Went well with grilled lamb chops
January 19, 2015 - Top of the hill right now. I am not going to give another rating, but this one is showing the very hint of age if served pop and pour. This one is best with an hour of air to soften a few harsh lines. Very oaked up wine, even after it opened. Classic Oakville style. Blackberry notes, but blueberry notes are rather apparent as well on this one. Very dense and full bodied wine. Mid-palate is smoke and leather on top of a blackberry core. Finish was firm oak tannin, but I can tell that this one is much softer than the last one I graded. I am not certain that this one has much more longevity. I can see that it would last until 2018, maybe 2019 with perfect cellaring. If you have many of these, it's time to drink up! You've got excellent bottles of wine!
January 30, 2014 - strong fruit nose typical of a Calif Cab. full bodied with blackberry and casis flavors, mineral finish. i liked it
November 1, 2013 - This is in a very nice spot, beautiful expressive nose of crushed macerated blackberries, a bit of minerality and tar, and soft vanilla and mocha notes. Sweet fruit, cocoa notes that with time fused into a perfectly balanced mineral and earthy wine with fully integrated tannins that left some acidity take stage and integrate beautifully. Long finish.
February 25, 2013 - Agree with previous review that this is drinking very good right now. Developed some very nice secondary notes of tobacco and leather with smooth tannins and nice long finish. Really enjoyed this wine.