Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 4/9/14)
Mostly clear deep purple/garnet. When first poured, I wasn’t terribly fond of this Cab; had difficulty finding anythig varietal about it. But after an hour or two, it really opened up and changed drastically…showing cedar, dark chocolate, black plum and perhaps a bit of eucalyptus in the beautiful nose. In the mouth, the tannins are very soft and accessible, but do lend structure and the acidity is right on (what can I say? I’m a product of the 60’s/70’s). The flavors show more chocolate, cedar and dark fruit. Oddly, the tannins seem to surface more in the finish, but still in balance. For me, this is a winner…fruit forward with oak in the background where it should be. May hold well for 2-3 years, but…why? Tastes great now. (My apologies for the poor photo. Light colored print was tough to capture.)
For another view, Expat (one of our “regulars”) was not fond of this Cab. You can check out his comments here. I’m thinking that more air time might have improved your experience, Expat. But again, maybe not. Another contributor, Gary Valan thought the Cab was “outstanding”. But he referenced it being from Alexander Valley…a completely different region from Paso Robles (Central Coast). So now I’m curious…are there actually two different AVA Cabs from Tarkettle Road in our GO’s?