The wine is a vibrant purple, with multiple layers of legs: starting with short fat slow ones and going to long narrow ones over the first minute. Aromas of sweet cedar, notes of cola, blueberry, and French herbs. A wisp or two of milk chocolate over the first 20 minutes.
The wine tastes of dark cocao, dry but with a hint of sweet. There’s blue fruits and cola notes that fade to a lip smacking dryness. The oak is buried perfectly, not the headliner the 2013 was. The balance is amazing, and smooth. It matched a Bolognese and grilled Caesar salad perfectly.
After an hour, this is as pretty a wine as I can recall drinking in the last decade. It’s delicate, and perfectly balanced with gorgeous aromas balanced by perfectly delicate and gentle flavors typical with the greatest Bordeaux and elegant new world Cabs.
At 100% Cab, I’m not sure what I could improve on. The aromas and tastes of salted caramel, on chocolate dipped pretzels… sweet, cocoa, salt, baked bread are mesmerizing.
I sold out my batch, but the grower Jim Ricci decided to give me his back, so we have another 30 cases or so of this beauty!!!