October 24, 2015 - Nose has aged fruit, dried tea leaves and menthol. Medium body. Still has good acid presence. Fruit is aged and soft with earth and tobacco leaf. Tannins completely resolved.
May 12, 2015 - Out of a 3L. 85% Cab and 15% merlot! great color! Old Cali Classic, mature, plum, currant, big nose, long finish with a sweetness on the back of the palate, leather and spice.
March 7, 2015 - [From a 1.5L] Medium-deep reddish garnet in color with slight clearing at the edges. Full, forward, attractive and complex nose of mature & well-developed ripe fruit aromas of dark cherries, blueberries & cassis with overtones of mint/eucalyptus & cedar, some floral notes of violets, dusty, tobacco, dried herbs, some cocoa, leather, earthy, spices, minerals and a touch of vanilla in the background. Medium-full bodied with good concentration, smooth textured, elegant & polished, complex & mature ripe fruit flavors of cherries, blackberries & plums with herbs, spices, minerals, cocoa, earthy and some toasty oak. Lingering smooth finish. Drinks quite well at present and appears to be at its peak of development and doubt any further development would occur from additional aging. [A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon & 15% Merlot]
May 25, 2014 - This held up really well - worth the wait.
October 26, 2013 - Prune juice.
October 31, 2011 - Beserkerfest Napa Halloween Party (Napa Valley Wine & Cigar): I got one of the last pours, so this may have had more air. It was very nice but past prime. A slight aquarium scent slightly marred the otherwise earthy and interesting note. Some nice cassis still on the palate. Complex. A fun way to start the evening.
October 17, 2011 - Some spicy cherry fruit and cedar on the nose, which carries through on the palate. Some old wine funk and mustiness, but otherwise lovely wine with richness, balance and depth with the spicy fruit hanging on nicely. Delicious 30 year old wine!
September 8, 2010 - Opened up after about 30 minutes. Still a huge wine for being nearly 30 years old.
June 16, 2010 - Les Degustateurs Ladies Night (Casino Club in Chicago): En magnum, great nose, color was slightly browning on the edge, a great showing.
October 26, 2008 - A 28 year old California cab that was soft and supple with some lingering fruit. The fruit began to fade after a couple of hours, but just lovely.