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Community Tasting Notes (25) Avg Score: 94.2 points

  • Best Bottle Monday with Friends (Carlton, Zurich): This Napa icon had quite a hard time that night against many other great wines. Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly drinkable and it’s delicious but I don’t believe it showed all it got that night. There seems much more in store for this wine with some more years of bottle age and/or a longer decant. At first the nose was not that expressive but clean and flawless. Became a bit more intense with 60-90 minutes in the glass with wild forest berries setting the tone. Same on the palate. At first not that expressive, later tons of cherries took the reign but not overly complex, not much depth. Only after 90+ minutes the forest berries, cassis, along with cherries, some chocolate, a tad minerality and only hints of herbal aromas showed up and made the palate more multi-dimensional. Still not overly expressive but becoming more intense by the minute. The structure is impeccable. The tannin are smooth and jucy. The acidic backbone is there to keep it elegant (the first glass even suffered a bit from excess acidity, but that quickly went away). Overall very well balanced and really good, round and on the elegant side of what Napa can deliver.

    In my opinion, the wine needs a solid 3 hours decant at the moment. It seemed quite closed at the beginning (PnP). I guess it can reach even higher highs (and higher scores) than I experienced that night, if you give it an even longer decant (6-8h).

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  • Monday Bouteille (Carlton Restaurant, Zurich): Nicely balanced from the start with a typical cassis punch (but also cranberry) and surprisingly popcorn-like scents (have only encountered this in white wines so far). Fresh, fruity and well integrated on the palate with tannins, alcohol, acidity and the fruit keeping each other in check. Very long finish.

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  • Decanted over cocktails and served with steaks. Pure focused fruit, nice acid. With some air developed s stunning layer of baker's chocolate that lasted long into the finish. Maybe the best Napa 2009 I've had and much more enjoyable than some older vintages of this I've tried. In a great place.

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  • Poured from a 375ml bottle. Needed time to open up. I thought it was very good, but a little disappointing considering the ~$175 price tag for a half bottle. I wanted it to blow me away more than it did. I actually think it will be better in a few years.

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  • This is really a cut above. It delivers on all fronts. This is the second time I have had a bottle in a couple days and its really all that. This is outstanding.

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