2009, when Caymus still made wine in their traditional style. Starting with their 12 vintage, they started to let their fruit hang on the vine much longer...just before the grapes begin a shriveled phase. This raises the sugar levels(Brixs) and produces a much sweeter grape/wine. Too sweet for me. This 09 is beginning to see nice evolution but has many years ahead of it before it hits it's peak. The tannins are still very present but beginning to lose their teeth. It's classic in their old style. Dark cassis; of dry and juicy blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, blueberries, olallieberries, Asian spices, touch of herbs, lots of baking spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, vanilla, black tea, black licorice, dry dark florals, dry crushed volcanic rocks, dark turned soil, stems, leathery, tobacco, nice acidity, strong structure & length, good balance & length. The finish is dry & juicy fruit with loads of spice and baking spices, it sticks on your palate, is round & full bodied and lasts over a minute. Two hours in the decanter and it's still improving. — a day ago
Classic nose of leather with a hint of vanilla extract. Lots of pencil lead and dark chocolate cherry cordial on the palate. Structure is firm and tannins are not fully resolved (but I love a little tannin). Still young with plenty of time to go. Love our friends at Darioush. — 8 days ago
Wow 1986 Robert Mondavi Cab from Oakville donated by Henry and Val! Opened with a group of friends. Showing great for 31 yrs old. Black fruits, cassis, great depth, reminds be of a classic Bordeaux. Label said 12.5 alcohol which made this wine hold together I think. I give this a solid 93+ Rating in my book. Thank you Robert Mondavi Sr. — a day ago
This is a wine that genuinely needed 8 years in bottle, it has totally evolved, and now is a balanced rich wine as the tannins finally softened. Classic big cab aromas, licorice, dark fruit, blueberry, creme de cassis, long finish, very chalky. I definitely drank the first 6 bottles too soon. — 8 days ago
Classic but not over the top Chardonnay — 8 days ago
Always a classic. Bright acidity rich texture and beautiful Chardonnay fruit. — 12 days ago
13' Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard SB. This was the first vintage that spent extra time in the bottle prior to release.
Palate- Classic citrusy notes -lemongrass, picking up some tropical notes of peaches. A plethora of stone fruits. Nice minerality throughout the palate. After it was open for about 30 minutes the crisp acidity softened a bit.
Complexed and very well-made SB. Not a problem enjoying the bottle on it's own. Pairing this wine with food… truly appreciate this SB. @Joe Lucca Kristen and I can't thank you enough for this sensational bottle of SB! Please say hi to Diane from the both of us. See you in April. — 24 days ago