The 2011 vintage was less challenging in Santa Cruz than it was in Napa. This is a nice wine from a lean producer and opens up to pure cassis, like a blackcurrant pastille, a little vanilla that hasn’t quite integrated, and a nice overall mouthfeel that expands with a few hours of decanting. This was noticeably reduced on opening and that blew off over two hours. This reminds me of Corison. Also reminds me of an 88 Pichon Baron - what a good producer can do in a not-so-ripe year - good but definitely not epic.
Hanging out in Vero Beach with the in-laws and picked this bottle up locally for $60. — 2 months ago
Beautifully complex with creamy texture. Great match with a rib eye steak! — 7 months ago
If @Cathy Corison made cab blends in Tuscany, they would be this great. Complex, begging for some age to strut. Gorgeous aromatics after an hour decant, followed by layers of dark and light red berry, asian spice, bridle leather and a hint of mint. Built to last (but no oak or vanilla to speak of), just silky tannins front to back. Outstanding. 20 years to go. — 6 months ago
Smooth taste more spice than fruit — 10 days ago
Definitely wins the award for heaviest bottle ever!! Must weigh twice that of a regular bottle.
Better than the ‘04 Corison Cab last night and at a lower price point.
Dark purple color. Nose contains cedar, cough medicine, and mild mushrooms. Wine actually has character and elements of terroir. Not all that common in Napa Cabs at this price point I’m discovering. Excellent gritty, sandy texture. Deep wine with black cherry fruit and mild smoke. Medium plus finish.
Neal rocks!! — 7 months ago