Our style of Cabernet Sauvignon is rather latent, generally needing a period of years after bottling for the wine to achieve its varietal and regional destiny. However, there are certain vintages where a rather hedonistic youth leads to graceful maturity. This wine represents just that. I have abused young bottles over the course of days, sipping daily with food, watching its resilience to the slow oxygen exposure developing a fast and lasting friendship with this bottling.
Besides the typical cassis thing, I see a ‘deciduous and fir forest underbrush after the first rains’ along with a black fruit/sage interplay that makes for interesting and pleasant table-side company. Fruit vs. non-fruit elements are in perfect alignment with the balance of angles and rounds. It’s important to stress here that to me, achieving dynamic tension, balance and hedonistic joy are important factors in great wine as much as it is in individual life and social government. Yes, this is truly special.