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Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Probably a great bottle 5 years ago. Hung on to this one much too long (and he has several siblings in my cellar as well). Will use the next bottle for pot roast gravy.
Lewis - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
I was blown away by this bottle of wine which I would say is the best cab I have had for months. I have to believe this wine is at its peak. Just a striking balance between fruit and tannins, wonder nose, amazing blackberry, currant, peach, vanilla, a hint of oak with a long strong finish. I would drink this wine day in and day out if only I had more than two bottles left.
Guado al Tasso - Bolgheri Rosso Superiore
This wine is still drinking very well. Plenty of fruit, it remains an excellent example of Tuscany at its best. I still think it will go on for several more years. Blackberry, plum, vanilla, wood, it did well against some blockbuster cabs at a mixed tasting of reds paired with a Tuscan rib roast loaded with garlic (i.e. a great food wine).
Rudd - Jericho Canyon Vineyard
Nice wine that is probably at or just beyond it's peak. Fruit is fading some and I probably would just pour and not decant as I think this wine suffered a bit in the process. I think the more recent Rudd's are just better wines. Nice accompaniment to pizza and a salad on NY eve.