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Marcassin - Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard
Soaring aromatics of dried porcini mushroom, earth & spices. Full bodied- almost came across as tannic. I loved the acidity in this wine. More earthy than fruity, but it did not seem in any danger of fading even at 11 years old. The finish was more than 45 seconds. Very impressive bottle.
Schrader - Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard
Drank at Sweet Basil, Vail. Wow! This wine has it all. This is concentrated, intense and elegant at the same time. Not a thick fruit bomb by any means. This had a deep ruby color and opened up with an array of spice notes and cigar box notes. Very elegant on the palate. With time in the decanter berry notes, earth and minerality started to come out. I will say 98+ right now only because I detected some astringent tannins on the finish. It is young and once these integrate this will be 100 points for sure. Those who criticize Napa wines of being too ripe and over extracted need to try this wine. It is truly unique.
Colgin - Syrah IX Estate
Beautiful wine. Bouquet of flowers, black currant, olive, subtle meat and a whiff of green pepper. Full bodied and very well balanced, juicy mid palate. High alcohol you know is there but this was not hot by any means.
St Clement - Oroppas
Aromas of cedar, blackberry and cola. Firm, grippy texture. A big wine- good amount of tannin, acidity and alcohol but well balanced to me with a lot of life ahead of it. I actually think this was much more full bodied than previous bottles I've had. Opened up nicely with just a little time in the glass.
Freemark Abbey - Cabernet Sauvignon Bosche Vineyard
Clean ruby color. Bouquet is full of oak, cherries and other red fruit. Medium bodied, fully mature; not the most concentrated wine but very silky texture. I don't think this will be one of the longest lived wines but drinking very nicely right now.