One of the bottles I provided for a co-hosting with Mark at the City Club wine group.
Always a treat to open a birth year wine. I had this last year and this bottle seemed to have more stuffing. It was less muddled/clay driven and more distinctly black fruit and spice heavy. Next to a ‘79 Montelena, it wasn’t as full-bodied, but it certainly had more tannin. The tannic finish was quite pronounced and bolstered throughout the lunch. Mid-palate was herbal and black currant with faint tart red fruit and tobacco. Fun to drink. — 2 months ago
Light body — 5 months ago
2013 Complex and delicious! Tobacco—even a hint of cigar. Call me crazy, but I detect the slightest hint of banana. Silky with nice tannins. — a month ago
Would buy a few bottles of this! — 5 months ago
Sipping Fine Wine
Pale lemon, aromas of Stone and tropical fruits, with floral and sweet spice notes, aged 10 months in 15% new French oak, from a cooler climate. On the palate flavors of apple, peach & apricot with lemon zest and toasty vanilla notes. Smooth long finish, well balanced, nice acidity, ending with fruit, vanilla oak and mineral character. Drink well now. Pair this with some pan sautéed halibut with a Beurre Blanc sauce. — 13 days ago