This cab is known for being backwards and taking a long time to come around, yet, this, while still in need of cellar time was drinking quite well. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, and spice with some black cherries. On the palate, cassis, spice and black licorice notes with firm but manageable tannins. Goof balance and finish. If drinking before 2013, give it some air, but it should go well with heavier or roasted dishes. There is certainly some room for improvement. One of the best Mayacamas Cabs in years!
The fill was low shoulder. On touching the cork dropped a few millimeters. A Durand was used and the cork came out in one, if crumbly, piece. The wine was decanted for sediment and allowed to breathe for a few minutes. Purple in color, not showing a lot of age. The nose is initially dominated by volatile acidity, but that partially blows off leaving dust and cassis. Much better on the palate. This still has thick tannins. A pristine bottle of this would likely be just hitting its stride. This bottle is advanced but still with plenty of cassis fruit. OK finish. An impressive wine