I brought this to a big 2012 retrospective tasting of Napa Cabernet but wasn’t able to stop by my offsite in time to get a ‘12.
Cork came out terribly. Double decanted 30-45 mins. 100% Cabernet. Sporting a deep purple color even at 15yrs. Just shy of explosive aromatics…ripe red and black fruits, mocha, cocoa powder. Sheer To-Kalon power on the palate with the velvet glove approach…layered dark fruits, black currant, cassis, charcoal and graphite. Mid-palate here has great depth and the finish is beautiful. This has evolved wonderfully. Pop now but no rush. — 17 days ago
2020 vintage. Holy bleep! Tasted approx 5 months ago and was great bang for the buck but even more evident now. Super red Burg value! Smoky, savory and medium-heavy bodied. Big frontal fruit punch that consistently rolls through to the back door with enough acidity for balance. Fun, frisky and ‘fordable which doesn’t happen very often in the (red) Burgundian realm. Last tasted approx a month ago but drinking even better now. Would honestly be afraid of proffering this up to a red Burgundy “virgin” because it would completely destroy all current and future QPR expectations from the entire region for them forever. For y’all old fart, red Burg honks-enjoy. 3.8.23. — 7 months ago
3+ hrs of decanting made this a outstanding 🍷 — a month ago