May 20, 2019 - With seemingly every bottle I drink, I learn just how much I need to learn. A bottle 13 months ago displayed virtually no tannins, so I assumed it was past its peak. A bottle I had 11 months ago was so tannic it was hard to drink (thank God for aerators). My third and final bottle, with only about 30 minutes of air, was perfectly balanced (go figure). Dark, inky color. Cassis on the nose. Black fruits on the palate. Medium to full body, plush texture, and a very good finish. I'd comment on its life expectancy, but I'm obviously unqualified to do so.
May 7, 2019 - Still very dark red color. Needed about 45 minute decant to open up. Drinking well, little to no tannin. Long finish, deep rich wine. Outstanding. Last one in cellar.
March 16, 2019 - Delicious!
February 2, 2019 - 60th birthday
October 13, 2018 - 90 minute decant. Deep garnet with a translucent rim. Big nose of cherry, raspberry, raisin, nail polish and alcohol. Flavors are similar but more sour cherry, cranberry and oak and with pretty high acidity. Medium tannins. Has some effervescent feel to it. Medium plus body. Pretty good but no “wow” factor. About 91.
July 14, 2018 - Not sure where we got it. But excellent
June 2, 2018 - Unlike a bottle just a few months ago, this one did not lack tannic structure. In fact, it was a little TOO tannic to enjoy without fatty food, even 2 or 3 hours after opening. Textbook Napa cabernet characteristics, accompanied by some mountain-grown, wild-n-wooliness. Great nose (cassis, etc.), medium body, and a solid finish. Assuming the previous bottle was atypical, this probably won't peak until 2020.
May 13, 2018 - Still has a lot of backbone, needs some air to open up. Nicely done
April 8, 2018 - F'ing fantastic. Still has time in the bottle. That is all!
April 1, 2018 - Opened 90 minutes before tasting. No detailed notes, except to say it was a textbook Napa cab, it was very tasty, and it's definitely ready to drink. In fact, the surprising lack of tannic structure suggests that it's time to drink up.