Dark ruby (almost black) in color with a reddish rim.
Strong nose of baked cherries, black plums, red currants, light cedar, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, eucalyptus, dark chocolates, spices, black pepper, pencil lead, dirt and herbs.
Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, currants, wood, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, light alcohol, espresso, earth, pencil lead, coke and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very tasty, and nicely aged, Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder in Napa Valley. Showing a great nose and a complex palate, with a nice mouthfeel.
Not a typical Napa Cabernet, and very unique for the region. A good quality wine with a pretty nose.
This 10 year old is still young and not showing its age much. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.
Needs 2 hours to open up properly, so be patient.
Tangy and good with food, too. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Great with the brie cheese.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$105. — 2 days ago
I rated this a 95 a little under 2 years ago. This wine has done quite a bit of changing since then, definitely in a good way. It has become more structured and balanced. What a monster! Starts out with toasted oak, sweet bright and ripe blackberry, vanilla, cinnamon spice, black pepper, graphite all in the nose. The initial taste begged for a decant as this was primarily served pop and pour and the fruit was a little muted. Palate was dominated by blackberry fruit and seemed to develop a small amount of gravelly character in the middle. Finished with black pepper and black licorice notes. The bottle enjoyed 2 years ago seemed to be a little more forward and you can definitely tell this one pushed more to an even balance and longer finish. They hold these back just a tiny bit, and now I really understand why. Has another 15-20 years and I expect this to continue developing quite a bit. — a month ago
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And you, and your sweet desire
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— 6 days ago
Ok... everyone faults this wine for its “lightness”. This is NOT light, the color, texture, weight are all consistent with the grape variety. Smoke, olive, dark cherry notes with noticeable tannins, elevated zesty acidity and a liveliness that dances across the palate. This is a food wine, perhaps a “great” food wine....I would much rather indulge in this wine than an overwrought Napa Cabernet. — 21 days ago
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