September 22, 2017 - With Rob
Murky ox-blood, full bodied
Raspberries, unripened cherries, fruit leather, paper
Dry, acidic, medium finish. Fruit fading by second hour.
Definitely at its peak. Rapid decline from here although the last bottle i consumed, from same vintage was wonderful. Don't take the chance. Drink NOW!!!!
September 11, 2017 - lovely fruit forward oakville cab with lots of integrated tannins, current, plum and cassis with good finish
June 4, 2017 - Deep dark ox blood. Full bodied. High ABV
Light oak. Vanilla. All spice. Dark fruit. Leather
Thick. Wonderfully balanced. Tannin still there. Smooth
Medium plus finish.
Wow! LOVE this bottle! Amazing alone or with grilled food.
Very good value. Every cellar should hold some of this.
Drinking at its peak now.
January 26, 2017 - Big Juicy cab... not at end of its window in my mind... happy to have 4 of these left
December 31, 2016 - New Years red in memory of the Fritz who passed last night....
Deep, solid garnet, full bodied, high ABV
Old leather, raspberries, salt water taffy
Big and bold with a fantastic balance of tannin, acidity, minerality.
This wine blew me away this fine evening. It's drinking wonderfully. Had a big steak and lobster KEG feast. Could not get much better.
Great QPR for how the wine is drinking. Happy New Year Everyone!
April 12, 2016 - Stunning! I knew what to expect from this wine, but this bottle was a big step up from some prior bottles. A huge, full-bodied, concentrated, powerful wine dominated by ripe, vibrant dark berry flavors along with plenty of oak and some spice. Big, firm structure which nicely balances all the fruit. Long fruity finish with a firm grip. Forget about elegance ... this wine is all about power.
January 3, 2016 - An excellent wine to end the year with. I really wish I had more! Deep, impenetrable ruby, with a mere hint of garnet on the rim. The nose is clean, with pronounced intensity. The aromas are developing, with black berries, black cherries, black currant, rhubarb, tobacco and sweet baking spices. The palate is dry, with sweet black fruit and a luscious, creamy mouthfeel. The tannins are better integrated than six years ago, but still have a fair amount of grip. It is drinking well now, but still has several more years to go in its peak drinking window.
December 29, 2014 - No notes. Not quite as powerful as some prior bottles, but still with concentrated, rich, ripe dark berry and cassis flavors in a full-boded, seamless, new world package. Tannins have definitely mellowed and sweetened over the past couple of years and the texture has softened. Great balance and a nice finish.
October 18, 2014 - CAD Thanksgiving @ Chez Carmichel's with the Gang
Dark garnet, full bodied
Blackberries, and kirsch cherries, pipe tobacco, leather nose
Big, 'Bad' Bold powerful wine. Tastes like the nose
Some currents and eucalyptus off the finish. Thick, syrupy.
The wine has matured nicely since the last time i drank a bottle over two years ago.
August 26, 2014 - Nose of plums and coffee. Showing maturity, sweet tannins and coffee, cooked bing cherries and cinnamon. Layers with a long finish. Drink up.