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Community Tasting Notes (58) Avg Score: 92.0 points

  • As fantastic as ever. One of the most underrated wines ever from CA. Still needs air to show its best. Terrific on night two without any special preservation.

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  • My second uber-Merlot in a row. One hour decant through a screened and aerating funnel. Cork was difficult, and the wine threw off quite a bit of chunky sediment, much of which remained attached to the bottle. Boysenberry aromas came forth during decant. After resting in the decanter: wine was clear; it did not show its 30 years of age and was dark purple in the bowl with just a slight lightening on the rim. There was no halo. Nose was plums, blackberries, bitter chocolate and some alcohol. In the mouth: deep black fruits, dark chocolate. No flab. Alcohol was noticeable in the mouth but not unpleasant or out of balance. Tannins were soft but present. Long finish with the bitter chocolate as the highlight. Beautiful wine which would have compared favorably with high-end Pomerols had they been tasted together. Wonderful wine.

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  • This was unbelievable for an almost 30-year merlot. So pure. I would have thought maybe 10-years. So perfect. And I usually never drink a Merlot.

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  • Rich chocolate notes. Like milk chocolate with some plum in the back ground. Substantial tannin still. Maybe slightly round this time. Still within a more secondary character. In a great window and should go for a while. Aged impressively in any case. More impressive that it's Merlot.

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  • Decanted 90 minutes, fruit still there, moderate tannin and balanced berry finish. Lovely!

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