Brilliant deep ruby; no brick or amber on any of these! Very pure, vibrant scents and flavors of crushed black fruits, minerals and bitter chocolate; smells riper than the Roberta's. Densely packed and suave, conveying greater sweetness and finesse than the Roberta's, which comes off as a bit clenched by comparison. Similarly, these tannins are nobler--and more thoroughly buffered by fruit on the very long aftertaste. Lovely balance and energy here. (13.6% alcohol; 98% new French and 2% new Hungarian oak) (ST)
The nose is brimming with blueberries and spice, with a hint of new wood. The palate is full, chewy, and powerful, very powerful. Give this at least five more years. 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc.
The 2006 Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard (a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc) possesses a dark plum/purple color as well as notes of roasted coffee, cocoa, chocolate, black currants, sweet cherries, and subtle oak. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, layered, intense, pure, and long, it is approachable now, but promises to drink well for two decades or more. Drink through 2034. (RP)
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