October 28, 2016 - We accidentally drank this a little later than planned, but it was excellent; even better than I thought it would be when I bought it during a visit to the winery a number of years ago. Very sophisticated and smooth.
May 16, 2016 - It's over the hill. :-(
March 5, 2016 - Drink date was by 2013, I completely missed that time line, but it was smooth and delicious.
January 19, 2016 - Barely drinkable at this stage. Missed its point on my bottle.
May 11, 2014 - might be one of the best merlots I've had. big fruit but finish like smooth cab with good spice and balance. probably would have stumped me if I didn't know what varietal I was drinking.
April 28, 2014 - 05 was at its prime. Best Plumbjack I've had. Full and smooth and couldn't get enough.
July 13, 2013 - Hot, oaky, overextracted, monotone and syrupy. Undrinkable.
June 19, 2013 - Opened to get my wife fired up for our visit at the winery this weekend. Corked. Grrr. Cork literally fell apart and came out easily in pieces. Oxidized contents. Purchased direct from the winery in 2008 (bottle was actually signed by the wine maker). Stored in my cellar since.
March 26, 2013 - Heavy and velvety on the palate, with good fruit. A cab lover's Merlot. We put it in a lineup of younger cabs - Fisher, Pine Ridge Oakville, & Vineyard 7, and it hung with them.
September 18, 2012 - A little funky and flat with a pop and pour. Backed off for awhile. Grapey, nondescript nose. Smoothed out with some time, but kind of blurry palate. Merloty aftertaste (not pukey like you sometimes find). Somewhat disappointing. Nice mouth feel. The last bottle was an easy 91-92.