The 2014 vintage was the last harvest while Serge Hochar was still alive. He tragically drowned while on holiday, NYE in 2014. I have no logical reason to be wary of Musar’s future as the team involved in producing the wines have been in place for some time. However, Serge’s death was for me, the loss of an wine hero. This is my first experience with the 2014 and I can’t help but reflect on the unforgettable experiences I’ve had drinking wines that he produced.
Decanted for several hours prior to dinner, the wine appears a deep purple turning garnet after plenty of air with an opaque core. High intensity, medium+ viscosity, a touch of sediment. On the nose, this is a wild carnival for the senses with cherries, mulberries, rhubarb pie, Twin Bing, harissa, kofta, pipe tobacco, oud, teriyaki, and event canned peaches (though only after some time in the glass). On the palate, things are much more modest with a very compelling cherry compote and bright cranberry notes with some tobacco and baking spices. Very primary at this stage. Medium tannin with medium+ acid. The finish long…forever and a day with dried cherries and dates bringing me home. While still an infant, this is shaping up to be a lovely and long-lived vintage of Musar Rouge. Cheers, Serge. Your legacy lives on. — 20 days ago
Funky on the nose; hits you with subtle notes of gorgonzola or blue cheese, and green tomatoes. Viscous texture, but does not coat your mouth. Flavors of plum, pear, and nectarine. Crisp and acidic on the finish. Awesome wine. — a month ago
Just another outstanding bottle! All the rest of these 2008's are safely in storage, this was our last in the home cellar. Future sampling 2028+.
Prior notes apply:
Nose has effervescent limestone water, crusty sourdough bread, excessively zested lemon and lemon creme pie.
Palate has saline lemon juice, lemon slice peel, an amazing level of acidity but equally balanced; what a finish! — 15 days ago
[Tasted on September 6, 2021 at Home with Jay Yalowitz]
Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Dark purple in the glass. Black currant, plum and blackberry compote, with dark chocolate, an herbal note and dusty tannins. Big, rich wine. — 20 days ago
Nice deep ruby color with a nose of dark berries, chocolate and a hint of tar. Nice flavors consistent with the nose. A smooth wine with good tannin structure and balance. Nice finish. Tannins are there to allow at least another 2-3 years of aging if not quite a bit more. Nice date at home with my bride of 20 years and a couple of months. — a day ago
One of the bottles we brought back from our annual Napa trip last month. We try to visit 1-2 small/off the radar wineries during our visit, and this was a recommended stop by one of the wineries we were visiting.
Off the beaten path outside of St Helena, behind Ehlers. Alycia Mondavi makes the wines for this very small family operation. All winemaking takes place at the family home on a beautiful secluded property. Luckily for me, they are known for their cab franc. They allowed some library purchases, and this was one of them. The main note that sticks out is raspberry fig. Aromatics are very floral, but lean more red fruit as opposed to purple. Elegant red fruit like raspberries wrapped in cocoa with fig and baking spices. This 2012 was in a really nice spot as it wasn’t overly tannic, yet the finish is still sporting a touch of alcohol (14.4). It borders on integrated, which to me means this is just now entering prime drinking. Floral + raspberry fig and plenty of spiced rhubarb give this cab franc a richness without sacrificing structure. — 4 days ago
After my annual Napa trip, and a few days home of drying out, I wanted a well aged Napa cab to bring me back in.
I gave this a 3hr double decant before trying. I snuck a small glass on opening and it was sporting an uber youthful bite and not much on the finish. After I gave it time, it really fleshed out and bulked up quite a bit. Poured alongside a 2012 Alpha Omega Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper, the Myriad was the group favorite, but it obviously depends on a style preference. The AO was more elegant and finesse driven whereas the Myriad was powerful. Had a classical DrCrane scorched earth flair on the nose but plenty of ripe red and black fruits alongside mocha, dark baking spices and sweet toasted oak (very much in the background). The palate was licorice, tar, and mixed dark berry pie with fine grained tannin on the finish. I’d say this is now in a prime window if you can give it time, but I’m hard pressed to say this gets better…I think it just gets different. — 15 days ago