2004 almacen del vino $36.99-$16.00 $20.00
Partial notes as part of a live tasting: 2 Days per Bottle here, so I started last night. Mulberry jam & tobacco leaves, then ... wait for it .. Tobasco! Just for a second or two. On the palate, verry tannic, even bitter, with blackcurrants and violets hiding beneath.
Paired well with steak, pepper
Four and a half glasses
A correct but otherwise lackluster bottle. Very good deep garnet with purple tinged edges. A muted nose od cassis and medium dark currant. The palate reveals som, repeat some subdued fruits of dark black cherries, currants, slight cassis, and a hint of cedar box. Nice tannins level and acid. More fruits would have been appreciated, but at 13 years old, you get what you get. A decent bottle of Napa Cabernet, just not exciting enough to warrant higher praise.
External Reviews for Michel-Schlumberger Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley
Straightforward, with currant, plum, pleasant oak shadings and a firm herbal twinge that finishes bitter. Drink now through 2006.
This estate Cabernet spent full two years in French oak barrels to help shape the broad tannins. Flavors of plum, freshly crushed cherry and a myriad of spices dance on the palate. Give this a quick decant to pair with your favorite cut of beef.
The minute you open this wine you suspect something special is in the offing. The cork is stained and covered in the most beautiful gunk I have ever seen. It smells of wonderful muted spice like anise and fennel and a wisp of cedar and pepper. Some cassis and a little scorched earthy orange marmalade. The tannins are there, but oh, so velvety. This bottle has aged beautifully. After you have a glass, look at the cork and you will find what looks like diamonds appearing. Even if they were real I would still prefer the wine in my glass. The finish is remarkably long for the price. Enjoy this before the vintage is gone for good.
The dark color of this wine impresses immediately. When first opened the aromas of leather, plum, chocolate and creamed raspberry jump from the glass. The first thing to hit the palate is dark chocolate, coconut oil and tooth-coating tannins. After being open about 20 minutes, aromas of cedar, spice and eucalyptus are very pronounced. Luscious, pillowy fruit with tannic backbone greets the palate. After 40 minutes this wine really hits its stride. The smell of heated cocoa powder and the mouth-watering taste of savory beef juices just makes this wine amazing to me at this price point. Enjoy it now, or save for a couple years if you have the willpower. My guess is the willpower will lose.
What an amazing bottle of wine! Estate grown, produced and bottled, so the winemakers have complete control over every aspect of production. The resulting wine is spice-driven and robust, with elegant layers of black fruits, allspice, star anise and smoke. Touches of Cabernet Franc and Merlot have been blended in to add roundness and a supple texture. A real winner, this wine is an excellent accompaniment to spice-crusted lamb, pork roast or a thick, peppery steak.
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