Pretty deep ruby , quite narrow rim , touches of ruby and garnet. Quite austere , more mineral , grafite and dark cassis , touch of sea spray . More red fruit on the palate , with touches of grafite . Medium bodied and quite refined on the palate , tannin is quite strict and refreshing acidity . Long and interesting on the finish . This needs more time but is a success for the vintage, albeit it in a slightly classic , austere and aloof style . Better in 5-8 years and last another 5-10. — 3 months ago
WOW! One of the best pleasures in life is enjoying a spectacular wine at its pinnacle. Tonight was one of those nights. Dining with life long friends we enjoyed this wine. A dear friend selected this bottle as a backup for dinner. A definite case of Wally Pip taking the day off. This wine is not just peaking, it sings from the glass. Everything you expect from a classic Napa Cab with the style, elegance, and finesse of a First Growth in spades! You want aromatics, here is red and black fruits, cigar tobacco, lavender, anise, scorched earth, Asian spice…okay so we drifted into mid palate yummy flavors. A finish that lingers while dancing over the palate for more than 30 seconds, titillating the taste buds into pleasurable submission. Did I mention the WOW factor? This wine has it! Where can we find more?!?? What a spectacular selection! — 10 months ago
[Tasted on February 25, 2023 at the Nashville Wine Auction’s Pairings event with Ned and Beth]
Black cherry and plum fruit, with licorice, black tea and spice. Burgundian and clean in style. Stellar wine. — a month ago
When they say bring your A game you can think of this bottle. This is an amazing glass of wine. It benefits from decanting for a good bit. Upon opening I thought of dusty plum and cedar on the nose. Tasting brought plum, currant, blackberries, vintage leather plus an array of other items indicative of this style of big wine. There is a good mix of tannins and acid that makes this a classic great glass of wine. I want to try it again in a few years to see how much better it may get. — a year ago
Disg. ‘19- Smoky and complex with typical solera style aromas and oxidation, but there is also an alluring freshness to this disgorgment. Very much needed a decant, but shows so much character, singularity and an expansive palate with a persistent finish. Love love love. — 2 years ago
Curiosity finally got the best of me as it was a buddy’s birthday and he wanted to try this 2007. I think this received a three digit score, so whether points matter to you or not, it’s fun to try and get a data point.
Tried a glass right at pop, then drank from the decanter over the next 4-5hrs.
This was quite the rollercoaster. It was big and bruising the first hour, then blossomed in to an extremely smooth and balanced Bordeaux style blend. Dark red and black berry fruits, violets, mocha, dark chocolate and pipe tobacco all dominate the rich mid-palate. It seemed to somewhat shut down after 3+hrs, so either pop and enjoy or hold another three years for this drinking window. — 3 months ago
Tasted blind. Since the list of white wines was known to me, the guess is obvious here. Unique and amazing style. Oxidative notes, bread and butter, baked apples, honey, nuts and mushrooms. It even has notes of flowers and grapefruit. Complex and well balanced with right volume and long aftertaste. IMO it lacks evolution, but amazing aftertaste with flavours of mushrooms, apples and honey. Happy to taste it again in almost a year. — 9 months ago
Bought this case in 2014 and this is the last bottle! With 10 years of age the vanilla and oxidation notes are dominant. Long finish - very delicious! — a year ago
Very good for this style of wine but the Judge is where it’s at. But priced accordingly lol. — 12 days ago