USA California North Coast Napa
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on Apr 27, 2008
First the color struck me. Much lighter than the bottle I had six months ago. Dark core but a lot a bricking towards a translucent edge. Initail powerful nose of licorice, chocolate, leather and olives, centered around or anchored by dark fruit and plum. The palate is very elegent and smooth with excellent balance, althoguh much lighter in the mouth then the previous tasting. After a couple of hours the wine improved very little. The fruit opened up but the secondary nuances disapated. Now a bit of smoke and raspberry dominates the nose. In the mouth the wine is still elegent and seemless but the finish is highly disapointing being short and without personality. Other than a nice palate this bottle did little to charm. -90 points (previous bottle 7/07) Was glorious. Big and fairly full bodied and very dark in color. The fruit was perfectly ripe, plush and velvitity. In the mouth the wine had no hard edges. It was smooth and balanced and yet had considerable wieght and structure. The fresh herbed finish went on for over a minute. An outstanding california cabernet at its peak. -95 points
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