Napa, CA; 139% ABV
Purchased 5/9/2013 at the Oakland, CA store
Good pedigree, disappointing wine. Dark, leggy, some purple foam; pretty closed nose but foreboding good things – deep black currant and blackberry fruit and leaf, briar, cigar box – seems like a young but promising Cabernet. The palate also promises great flavor depth and composition- high extract, ripe acidity, intense fruit – BUT the tannins are so high, harsh, and astringent as to make this wine nearly undrinkable. Vigorous aeration and time didn’t help much. The tannins seem ripe, but just way too young (and perhaps too much to ever mellow sufficiently). There’s potential here for a very good or better wine, but you’ll have to decide if you want to gamble on laying it down for years to find out. I gotta give it a Thumbs Down for now.