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95 Points

Sunday, March 31, 2024 - Splash double decant. Deep dark electric magenta color. Blackberry , blueberry, Italian dwarf plum, powdered sugar, cocoa, and graham cracker. Very smooth, dry palate. Firm, lower intensity tannins on the medium long+ finish.

Best bottle of this vintage I’ve had so far. Nailed the prep. Doesn’t need much air, but it does need full decant rather than slow ox. This is so good, even without any herbal or savory balancing notes. QPR champ here.

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  • Comment posted by Yack Man:

    4/1/2024 8:59:00 AM - Nice comments and I agree with completely with your assessment. Question, 2018 Lewis NV or the 2019 Carter Haze, which would you favor? Both wines definitely deliver.

  • Comment posted by AGELVIS:

    4/1/2024 9:02:00 AM - That’s an interesting head to-head. Today, I think they are equal. Lewis might age slightly better. Both are “entry level” bottlings, so I wouldn’t age either one more than 2-3 years from now (for my palate).

  • Comment posted by Yack Man:

    4/1/2024 9:24:00 AM - That's interesting and again, I agree. Personally, I believe that many of these big, fruit driven Cali Cabs tend to have a shelf life or an optimum drinking window. Lewis Cabs seem to have a history of a slightly extended shelf life in my experience. The Haze is relatively new to the lineup, so time will tell on how it will hold up. I don't intend to take that chance, these wines will loose there youthful energy over time, so why wait.

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