Moxie and I went to a friend’s home for appetizers and wine before venturing out for dinner. They had just moved house and it was my luck that he offered my choice of wines. This one was not to be missed from his selection. Not often do you get to try a 13 year old Cali Cab on the fly. The only downside of this wine was a crumbled cork.
Plums with a nice oak nose welcomed us to imbibe in this smooth wine. Cassis, plum torte and a hint of eucalyptus were the opening act with some leather and earth coming into mid-palate play. Fully integrated tannins and great acidity made for a great mouthfeel that you get from aged wine. I made note ‘Mature in a Bordeaux way’, but believe this was once full on fruit- tempered by time. Slight bricking in the glass tells me this wine is absolutely at peak, start drinking if you have any more. I have no idea what this bottle retailed for, but if it was in the $35 range back in the day it would not surprise me. I give it a solid 91 points and potentially 4 stars if I knew the price. Delicious wine that has rewarded extended cellaring. Salut….