($175) Bright, deep ruby-red. Expressive aromas of plum syrup, spicecake, chocolate and licorice. Ripe and harmonious, with a captivating gravelly quality and a medicinal reserve to go with its plum and black cherry fruit. Showing less baby fat and obvious sweetness than the Vineyard 29 cabernet from the same winery, but offers a lovely sugar/acid balance. Finishes with building tannins and firm grip. Fairly backward, structured wine but a bit less bound-up than I would have predicted a year ago.
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Vineyard (90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 100% French oak) is a La Mission Haut-Brion look-alike. Burning ember, scorched earth, blackberry, smoked herb, and sweet cassis fruit characteristics are all present in this full-bodied, dense, concentrated offering. With a whopping finish as well as great balance and purity, it should drink well for 20+ years.
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