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Best wine on the table. Nose of wildflowers, red fruit, black cherry, red licorice. Entry of black cherry, tobacco, cola, goes darker to the finish. Still has quite a bit of astringency on the finish as well with chalky bit stiff oak tannin. I love these wines, and also just not seen all that often. No way I would have guessed that this was an 07. — 12 days ago
Dang. A really nice Cabernet Franc. Right at peak pop and pour drinking. The cork came out black with a ton of sediment. The wine had a nose of dark chocolate, truffle, black cherry, cola, white flowers, black olive and a hint of oak. The palate was the same fruit wise with great acidity up front. A little bit of eucalyptus in the middle. Black cherry and cola finish with a little bit of tobacco leaf.
Softer tannin on the finish . Medium-plus bodied wine. In a really great spot right now. If you have these, it is definitely time to pop and enjoy. — 22 days ago
This was everything I thought it could be. And regardless of the outcome of Game 5, this wine is gonna have me in a nice spot! Nose is dense black and purple fruit. Floral perfume that I could smell from 10 feet away. Baked rye bread. Oregano and basil. Entry is black and blue fruit with a hint of purple. Nice acidity. Dark chocolate, hint of sweet plums. The oregano and basil shows in the middle. Powerful integrated finish with floral notes, black and blue and purple fruit. Fruitcake spice, pepper, tannin is sweet but not restrictive. This is every bit worthy of 96 and probably more. Still has a little growing to do perhaps, but why not drink this beauty now? — 22 days ago
Drinking well. Aged red cherry and mint. Little bit of truffle and mushroom. Tobacco leaf on the middle. A lot more rounded on the body then I expected. Finish is a little bit gravelly but very nice length and depth. These Napa's with a little bit of age on them are really drinking well. I would honestly say that there really is not too much of a hurry to drink this right now. But I also don't expect it to appreciate in the bottle, so why not drink now? — 12 days ago
Overall I was quite disappointed by this wine. For 120+, you expect some balance even when youth and restraint are present. I knew this was going to be a little tight. The nose was actually rather actually pleasing and probably was the best characteristic of this wine. White flowers, red cherry, raspberry, oak. Entry is red fruit dominant. Herbal influence, wildflowers. Middle is very restrained but carries more of that red fruit profile. A dustiness on the finish that went through the nose as if you were about to eject splinters through your nares. I know this one will probably appreciate somewhat, but I really expected more here. QPR not that great. — 22 days ago
At first this wine had a mushroom and wet cardboard note. Uh oh. Since it had been slumbering for 40 years, I put it in timeout and let it figure itself out. Fruit was a bit flat right out of the gate but the cork was intact and not soaked through. 30 minutes later, much better. Aged red cherry and rhubarb. Little bit of iodine. Little bit of black olive. Little bit of grilled meat. Mushroom risotto with tomato and chicken would have gone perfectly with this wine. I am amazed at the structure of this wine. I think it could have slumbered for another 10 years and still been just fine. I give picture cred to @Shay A as I was checking this one constantly to make sure it wasn't in the can before ordering it up!! — a month ago
Showing zero signs of decline, this one poured an inky black into the glass. Nose of black and purple fruit, baking spices. The entry was a lot of young black fruit, olive tapenade. Very robust with a rounded mouthfeel up front. Finishes with sweeter roasted cedar tannin but surprisingly there was a lot more tannin on the finish than I had thought there would be. Hint of roasted BBQ meats to the finish. This one could go another five years in my opinion, and might even improve a bit on the finish in the next one or two. — 12 days ago
Really wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I have a bottle of this very vintage, and almost expected this one to have some problems. Much to my surprise, this is a very nice black fruit dominant wine with a hint of green pepper and green olive. Medium++ bodied. There was a little bit of tobacco leaf somewhere in the swirl of things, and finished rather soft with nicely integrated tannins. A very balanced wine. I do feel as if this one is probably right at the top right now, and will not get any better. For the price, this one does well. — 12 days ago