November 13, 2021 - This is so balanced and enjoyable, lots of Dark Fruit, Smooth Tannins, and spice with hints of leather. Will try to hold onto my last bottle, try in a couple of years.
September 18, 2021 - very nice, but not as good as expected
August 25, 2021 - Fruit, oak, spice, smooth tannins, soft lingering finish. Just wow. So sad this is my last bottle.
August 9, 2021 - 30 minute decant and pour. Lots of sediment. Nose showed more typical bdx notes, but the still vibrant fruit was all Cali cab. Complexity and finish was not equal to a 1996 bdx consumed earlier in the day, but still a pleasing QPR at our $80 price point. 92
July 29, 2021 - Color: deep garnet
Nose: plum, anise, leather
Taste: plum, anise, earth, leather, cigar box
This is well integrated with primary and secondary flavors prominent. I wished for just a bit more complexity - the finish is ok… expected a bit more. I think drink up…. This is at the end of the window.
July 9, 2021 - big, dark, brooding; noticeable oak; can easily hold for a while; better on day two.
June 21, 2021 - Drank this on Father's day. The score is from the first glass (after a 2 hour decant) and this provided all the qualities we enjoy in an aged Napa cab, cassis, blackberry, cedar notes and incredibly smooth finish.
After the first glass my family arrived and we toasted my 89 year old Dad on the patio at a cookout. The heat and humidity and fast pace of grilling and serving 8 people made it tough to savor the rest of the bottle (only my wife and I are wine drinkers). I did save a small glass to try tonight. Cheers!
May 31, 2021 - Consistent with previous notes, but really losing the hard edges. Supple, creamy, round, and rich, but it still has a solid core and thick, refined tannins. Opened to celebrate our son’s birthday. Drink 2021-2030. Technical score: 94. Enjoyment score: 94.
February 1, 2021 - Such an outstanding wine for the price, needs a good 8-10 years in the cellar to evolve, but definitely one to look for. Great fruit, going strong all these years later, super complex, with just a hint of earthy funk, great work BV.
December 27, 2020 - Damn, another great bottle of wine!