90 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013
Bright red-ruby. Musky aromas of redcurrant, chocolate, herbs and smoky oak. Smooth, sweet and fine-grained, with a distinctly tactile quality to the currant and spice flavors. Finishes with an impression of solid extract and sneaky length, the big, dusty tannins reaching the front teeth. An excellent value.
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Better with air.......
I agree with a fellow reviewer after a second bottle......an hour or two with the bottle open or in my glass and the profile more closely resembles a Napa cab, however when getting home late from work and craving a glass of red, it's hard to let it sit and develop. Sometimes you just have to drink a glass right upon opening. Either way this is a very nice cab. You will not be disappointed.
UPDATE: 3rd bottle. Air it out: Yummy and almost got 5 stars.
Started out as originally reviewed. Left this off the nitrogen in the cellar. Next day poured a glass and it was slightly better. Went out to play with the kid. Came in an hour later. Better. Poured a full glass(in my Eisch breathable wine glass) and left it for a couple more hours. Now it has had about four hours of air and been opened(but corked and temp controlled) overnight. this is now closing in on 5 stars....most excellent. Would suggest maybe a couple more years laying down but it was so good it will probably just get a lot of air and go much more quickly. Give it 3 to 5 hours of air and you will be glad for the patience.
A very nice wine.....
I don't know what I was expecting, perhaps since it was compared favorably to Napa's Cabs, I was expecting a similar taste profile in my head. It is a very good wine, but not the classic California Cab. It has it's own bouquet, it's own flavors. I detected more pine or cedar pitch but not heavy like with some of the petrified forest cabs between Sonoma Valey and Napa Valley. Fruit is not bold, rather subdued and the tannins are just right in the middle. A very good wine, just a different profile.
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Decanted for a time it really opens up...maybe store for a bit and it will develop. Not disappointed however. Enjoyed it.
Medium-light body, has more clarity than most cabs. Nose is inviting with restrainted but present fruit and some spice and flowers. Mouth weight is light as is the flavor profile. The wine is nice if not especially varietal. Certainty more feminine and elegant than powerful, deep or extracted.
Not a top pick from WineAccess
Maybe thjis one will season in the cellar. It's gonna stay there for a while. Not one of your best picks. Really starting to question Parker's new reviewers as well. Six people at dinner gave this 84/85.
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