Pleasure first! The evaluator of this wine is forced to pause and appreciate the immediate sensory and resultant emotional pleasures it generously offers before plunging into a cerebral evaluation. It’s a good wine that arrests you like this before you think further about it. Wine is emotion in a glass, and our emotions are impressively stimulated from the start.
Richness of nose is a pleasure first
To date, this is the best Texas Cab I have tasted and I have tasted many. The richness of nose and palate sets up high expectations. Its deep, dark chocolate and coffee notes, combined with more obvious oak contributions of leather and spice, so loved by red wine lovers seeking a full and intense flavor, is here. On the edge, there is a faint note of licorice. The 20 months lying in American and French Oak have not overpowered the more delicate flavors of fruit and minerals. A $40 price is not outrageous for what this wine will deliver.
I smell a little of its aromatics at the chest, a lot at the chin and encounter the expression of power (if you can smell power) when you plunge your nose in the glass. The cold soaking has been effective, bringing out the color and the phenolics even more. Aromatics? — medium to high. The viscosity is not only due to alcohol content (14.5%) but to a nice impact from the glycerine and the dense extracts in this well-extracted wine.
Pleasure follows on the palate
Many Cabs from the high plains can offer a greenish backdrop to their blackberry and black currant base, but not this one. It is ripe, and note, without losing the finer fruit notes in an undefined muddied depth. In fact, its flavors are well defined yet married — elements that are individual, yet blended. It’s complexity may well be, in no small part, due to its wild and cultured yeast mix — a very well designed wine.
Watch the wine develop over an hour or two as the oxygen performs its magical maturation. It is wine for the head and the heart, but first the heart. Take your time and savor it. It simply must be tested with a little dark chocolate as well.
I recommend this wine.
Emotional rating: very high.
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