Quite dark and brooding in the glass, nice legs. On the nose it shows bright fruit notes of blackberry, plum jam and vanilla. The palate starts of with a gob full of tannins, which part ways to reveal Ribera, singed plum and some eucalyptus leaf. The mid palette continues that dark fruit motif but is very channeled by the searing tannins. Young. Very young. The fruit is really masked by the big underlying structure of this wine. I’m going to run some through the Vinturi before I proceed.
Nope- that monster is still lurking. I’ll need to let this bottle breathe overnight to see if it softens. For now- 91 points but don’t touch it till 2023. Drink till 2030.
Day two- much softer but those tannins are still formidable. Blackberry jam, espresso and a touch of oak are the main players today. I’m sticking with 91 points and the drinking window I mentioned. $29, 4 stars and a pretty good deal on Napa Cab IMHO. Salut….