Decanting now, can you believe this is the only 2013 CA wine in our cellar?! All the rest is hiding, appropriately out of reach, in off-site storage. 👍
We tasted this at a walk-around in November of 2018, and I was impressed then...
Nose has chalkboard dust, milk chocolate, ripe plum, ripe raspberry, black cherry and cut green pepper (light).
Palate has chalky plum, ripe cherry, medium tannins, light green herbal notes, light toasted oak (few year old barrels?) and milk chocolate.
Very impressed at how approachable this wine is tonight after only about 2hrs of decant. Showing quite nicely at about 5 years past vintage. 2013 was very strong for CA, going to be legendary in my opinion; likely my favorite vintage in the prior 10 years.
Happy Valentine's Day 2019 to all. — 3 days ago
Last time I tried this was a year and a half ago. At that time I remembered a wine that was a bit out of balance and harshly acidic. Time has done this well. This is an earthy and brambly kind of wine. Black licorice and still a hint of sweeter black dehydrated fruits up front. Middle hasorenof a tar and black tea note. Finishes with tannin nicely integrated. A tiny bit of acidity throughout. Not a ton of experience with this producer or this offering but I would imagine this is at peak..no idea how long it will STAY here, but I don't think this one will do you any favors just sitting in the cellar. Nice offering from Claude. — 12 days ago
It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Alexander Valley.
Pretty color of dark ruby with a cloudy reddish rim.
Nice nose of black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphites, dark coffee and light vegetables.
Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, cherries, figs, licorice, cedar, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, leather and coffee.
Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California. Well balanced with nice complexity and an elegant mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours).
Needs 2 to 5 years to mature properly, and show its full capacity.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged for 22 months in 50% new French Oak barrels.
14.1% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 23 days ago
It's amazing how much these wake up if you can just keep your hands off of them. And I still have one more left? Six years, this one is drinking WELL. After this one had been opened for two hours, the bouquet is deep black fruit, truffle, hint of green pepper. The entry is slightly acidic, but has softened somewhat. Fruit is luscious, combination of blackberry and black cherry with a truffle. Black licorice and herbaceous middle with a savory hint. Finishes still with quite a bit of tannin. Very nice. I'll try to hold my other bottle until after 2022, as this one is DEFINITELY still on the rise. — 7 days ago
Inky wine. Pours dark black with a hint of purple. Nose of fruitcake and cinnamon rolls with a hint of baking spice. Entry is dark black fruits with a hint of those red gelatinous things in the fruitcake. Sweeter side of zin. Would have gone well with sweet potato pie. If you have this now, you might want to make some plans to drink this up soon. — 17 days ago
Enjoyed while cleaning out the boss' cellar. Say what you want about this wine, but the one thing you can say is that this wine is incredibly consistent. This wine reminds me of the family uncle who always gives you some silver dollars at Christmas...even though you are now a grown adult. And if you actually listen to his crazy advice on investing when you were a kid, you just might be able to be that Uncle when you grow up. This wine is a thoroughbred. Meant to be consumed at least after 10 years. And this wine is in a really good spot. The nose does show a tiny bit of age as does the palate. This is front-loaded with slightly aged blackberry and a bit brambly. This wine smoothed out quite a bit over 3 hours. Finish with very nice integration, a hint of stiff oak tannin but a lot of it has resolved. Very enjoyable. This wine still has another 10 or 15 years left. — 15 days ago
Ok so I thought this one might have been past prime. Now I know....it's still got 3 years before it is at pop and pour. Still very young. Acidity on the front and back. Bing cherry and milk chocolate with a brambly middle. Took it almost an hour to get going. Would have gone well with something fatty to mellow it out. If you have this vintage or the 14s or 16s, there is still a lot of time. Not sure that this will improve note wise by additional aging but I definitely think it would help the acidity settle down a bit. — 18 days ago
In a really good spot right now. Drinking with a lot of black cherry and cola on the nose and palate. Goes kind of brambly and noticeably darker in the middle. The finish is remarkably tannic. Stiff, lots of new oak. This wine has a long life ahead of it. The 06 when tried over a year ago was really just starting to integrate. I have zero willpower to keep these as long as they need to be kept, but they are certainly good young and will show well for a while. — 20 days ago