Ok, here goes... Insert all the usual caveats here. First time labrat, novice wine drinker, etc. Apologies in advance if this is too short, of becomes too long. I'm not usually a cab drinker, but I think that's mostly because I haven't been exposed to many. And of course ScottHarveyWines got the same bottle, so there's NO pressure on me! Just finishing the bottle now, but I shared. More on that later...
2004 Stomp! Cabernet Sauvignon
I don't have a decanter (yet) so I poured the glasses and let them sit for about 15 min, with an occasional swirl. The fruit (cherry) aroma was VERY apparent, from maybe 3 feet away, but I "blame" that on the a/c breeze in the room. First sip was definitely a very fruity, cherry taste... almost sweet. Not Riesling sweet, but red sweet if that makes sense. Nice body, not thin or heavy. Very nice, smooth finish IMO. None of that "chalky" sensation sometimes associated with reds (I drink more merlots). Second glass, maybe 20 min later, was equally as pleasing. Not quite so heavy on the nose, but still cherry. The taste is definitely less sweet now, still very good. I don't have the palate for this, but maybe plum? By comparison, I'd say this beats the pants off the 2004 Rock Hollow CS (no offense RH, I thought your Chard was yummy.) Not sure what else to add, other than the fact that i'm going to gift myself a second order of this!
I shared this bottle with a friend who is NOT a wine drinker. Definitely more of a Bud Light type of guy. His comments included "fruity", "sweet", "very good", and "I don't know if I'd drink a bottle by myself, but I'd certainly enjoy it with a meal", so I'm going to conisder that high praise. You should all thank your deity of choice that the bf is out of town tonight. He still claims that "Arbor Mist is pretty good for the money." Ugh...
We both agreed that the cheese is just incredible! If you had asked me a few hours ago if I'd ever order cheese online I would have laughed, perhaps even scoffed. But I'm in as soon as it's available! I can't honestly say that paired with the wine it enhanced either one, but both were enjoyable together or seperate.
Thanks for this opportunity, WD. Hope I've helped, or at least not embarrassed myself.
213 wooted bottles
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