Earlier this week while Picking up an expected shipment from FedEx the kind lady I ply with bottles offered up an unexpected box containing a single bottle. Never known to turn down a gift, it too went home.
A 10-year old Napa Valley vineyard designate Cab!
2003 Muir~Hanna Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - Particelli Vineyard
With uncertainty of when I may again see this and be called upon for notes, I candled the bottle looking for any signs of sediment, and seeing absolutely none immediately pulled the cork.
The wine was a very clear medium garnet lacking any signs of bricking, and leaving surprisingly little pigment on the cork, as if it had only recently been bottled, or perhaps stored such that the cork wasn't wetted, but it gave no indication of dryness to and was quite playable and was easily extracted.
Initial PnP impression was quite neutral, very restrained nose of fruits carrying through on the palate, a bit of alcohol, medium finish. Nothing unbalanced or out of place, but nothing outstanding either. Based on a recent experiment with PS and storage, half was decanted into a very full 375 and re-corked (Zork) and stored in a regular fridge, the remaining left in the 750, no Ar. or special treatment, and stored horizontally in the cooler at 55F; both for two days. Upon opening this evening equal amounts were poured into glasses and left to breath.
Initial impressions found the 375 to have a bit more fruit on the nose and palate; both were still restrained with dark fruits and still a bit of alcohol still needing to blow off. Entry for both was slightly sharp, same dark berry fruits with lightly drying tannins picking up for the finish.
+ two hours, now at near cool room temperature.
The 375 has remained largely unchanged. Both seem to have picked up a bit of spice, clove?, but it seems more pronounced in the 750, which overall has knitted together substantially more than the 375 which now seems to have a bit of fig. Both remain quite restrained for a 10-year old cab. While I'd not expect much bottle bouquet, lacking in both are any tobacco, leather or earth I might expect to begin appearing.
Day three: The 750, without Ar, didn't hold up all that well, so it's now the 375 that is showing very little change from the previous pour. Now picking up some red cherry as well as the dark berry from earlier, but still none of the aged bouquet I might expect. No green or vegetal hints either.
Overall a well balanced bottle that seems like this could go for some time in a good cellar.
While I'd question $50 SRP, at $17.50 and with IH on plus, this looks to be an expensive day.