The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Eden, which comes from a valley floor vineyard in Oakville, is another dead ringer for a great Pauillac, possibly a young Mouton. Dense bluish/purple in color with stunning notes of cedarwood, unsmoked high-quality cigar tobacco, creme de cassis and espresso roast, this wine has fabulous fruit, density and a full-bodied, youthful mouthfeel, wonderful balance and purity, and a terrific finish that goes on for close to a minute. This is also relatively open, but slightly more structured than the Melbury. There’s no sense deferring gratification, so I would suggest drinking it over the next 15-20 years, possibly longer. (RP)
Brilliant aromatics here, just stupendously attractive. Among the sweetest and most approachable of Harlan’s current stable, it’s also complex and ageworthy. Fairly tannic now, with a refined sandpapery grittiness coating pure flavors of ripe cherries, plums and blackberries and their associated liqueurs. The finish is so long, balanced and harmonious. It’s hard to imagine that this won’t be one to age 12–15 years.
Bright, full ruby. Much more reserved on the nose than the Pluribus, hinting at blueberry, kirsch, menthol and violet. Supple and fine-grained but closed; less expressive than the Melbury, displaying a note of menthol that carries through the long, seriously tannic finish. Less evolved than the Melbury but I get a more interesting ripeness in that wine. This needs time. Coats the mouth on the back end without giving any impression of weightiness, leaving behind a minty element. 93+? (ST)
Superripe yet supple and balanced, with deep, enticing blackberry, ripe plum and wild berry fruit that's rich and concentrated, with a long, persistent finish. The tannins are firm and structured.
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