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  • 2017 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Steltzner Vineyard

    Decanted in the cellar for a couple hours and consumed over an hour or so for the Super Bowl. It is very clear that this needs time for a number of reasons. Out of the gate, dark blackberry fruit, lots of flamboyant vanilla and coconut flavors, gravel, some cocoa. Lot of grip and drive on the follow through with a fairly long finish. Alcohol does creep up on you after the initial kiss of oak fades. Certainly a big wine composed of high quality oak and juice, but very unresolved. It needs a couple years for the oak to integrate and settle down overall.

    If drinking now I would decant for quite some time, 4 hours or more. Otherwise, you are better off waiting a couple years before attempting this one. Lots to look forward to in 2022 and beyond where 94-95+ is feasible. Right now it’s more like 93pts.

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  • 2017 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Empyrean Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

    NYE pull. Decanted for a couple hours before dinner and was still too coiled up. Needed to pull another bottle for dinner while this beast revealed itself. At about three hours it finally demonstrated its potential. BlackBerry, cherry jolly rancher, chocolate, spice, vanilla bean. This wine has a deep purple color that practically stains the wine glass upon swirling it. Lots of grip that lends itself to a reasonably long finish. However time will likely provide for more finesse on the finish as this wine is still very wound up. The empyrean shares some similarities with the standard GIII, but posses more stuffing and some darker fruit that I did not experience with the regular GIII. While I scored both wines similarly, I suspect the Empyrean will pull away from GIII as time goes on. With that said, I definitely recommend holding these for a few years before embarking. If you are compelled to drink a single vineyard now, pull the regularly GIII or Dr. Crane, if you gottem. 95+

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  • 2017 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper

    Decanted for 2 hours in the cellar and drank over dinner (NY Strip basted in Garlic/butter/thyme). It was ready to go after the decant. Nose was enjoyable and expressive. Palate was dark berry fruit, chocolate with sea salt, cassis, and maybe some licorice. Overall nice concentration on this bottle and a nice 30 second finish. I fortunately did not experience any bitterness or bite on this wine at any stage of consumption as was noted by CSimm. Hopefully this is a trend experienced by others after me.

    This wine doesn’t seem to be declining anytime soon, so feel free to cellar these for a few years with confidence. However it’s a nice experience now if you provide a healthy decant. 94-95

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  • walkerjfw says:

    11/19/2017 5:39:00 PM - JLuch1 - Thanks for your note on the 2012 Aiken PNV. I have not tried it since tasting from the barrel PNV week that year. As you know, 2012 was a great vintage for Napa -as were 2013 and 2014. I have had some of my 2012s and found them much more accessible that the 13s, which are more tannic and potentially 50 year wines...:) The 2012 vintage drinks well now but should cellar for some time if you want to let it develop. If you only have 2 bottles, I would probably let it sit a while longer, Hope this helps...Cheers