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Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - Dark in color, deep in texture, and full of flavor, this wine seems to have reached a point in its development when the tannins are fully integrated, and the darker fruits dominate. I would almost say brooding in its nature, except that as I was drinking this during an Xmas day dinner, when everyone was into festive spirits (some of which were in other bottles nearby), I did not have an adequate moment to reflect. I did not catch the notes of bright red cherries, violets, anise and tobacco of which the vintner has written, but I did note more than a trace of oak, and just enough of the California heat to remind me that this could never be confused for a French Cab Franc. This wine was not cowed by spaghetti drenched in garlic butter; the beef filet on its own might have been overwhelmed, but in this pairing, the wine actually knit flavors together very nicely.
I opened this bottle 2 hours before it was drunk; regrettably, I did not try it immediately, so I cannot say how that affected it, though I have no doubt it helped. That being said, I would be inclined to move forward the drinking window to no later than 2015.
Recommended. Rated 1 on a scale of -1 to 3.

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  • Comment posted by drycab:

    12/26/2013 4:04:00 PM - A scale of -1 to 3? Why not 1 to 5 as is the norm in other places?

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