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another Red Carpet tasting, decided to go spur of the moment on Friday before dinner at Bistro Provence in Burbank, usual Red Carpet treatment for younger wines - splash decanted about 2 hours prior to tasting. notes in order of tasting:


2005 Realm "The Tempest" - awesome, open nose of prominent, extracted plum laced w/ tobacco & wet leather that fill the glass... relatively austere & closed in flavor on the palate, attractive texture & weight, nice mouthfeel, ending with spiced brown sugar on the relatively short, acidic finish... too bad, the nose hinted greatness but not much once in the mouth. good, not great

2004 Anomaly - not getting much, but there's subtle scents there - wet earth, cigar box, subtle fruit tones and a hint of pine/mint... plush, juicy & full with luscious cherry & blackberry on the entry, leading to some baking spices & a touch of vanilla that come to the forefront at the finish, lingering fruit & spice on the finish... yum, now thats more like it... exact opposite in profile of the 05' Realm - no nose, but all mouth & body

2004 Trespass - reticent, spicy nose of brown sugar & cinammon that comes across soft & caressing... lots of toasted oak - not sweet vanilla, but mouthwater spice - once in the mouth, overriding subtle red fruits that turn to tobacco & red licorice on the dry, tannic finish... nice texture & balance of structure, just dominant flavors of spice, hard to tell what the profile will be if it tones down

2005 Shelter "The Butcher" - super closed on the nose, not showing much but traces of dill, licorice & cigar box w/ some coaxing... lithe, water & thin on the palate w/ flavors similar in profile to the nose that turns to strong dark chocolate masking any subtle fruit, if at all, dry & tannic but lingers for a good 20-30 sec on the finish

2005 Revana - also tight & restrained on the nose with only hints of tobacco... soft caressing texture on the dry entry that quickly turns acidic on the palate, medium bodied, some little touches of fruit sensations that mostly show new oak, of what flavors are there...

2004 Spottswoode - disappointing... flat nose, barely a whiff of anything coming out of the glass, this may have shut down in the 2-3 hours it had been opened... lovely texture, nice balance of profile & structure w/ just a hint of blackberry & plum, but where's the flavor? ending mouthpuckering dry with overriding, monolithic tannin, and just a bit of acidity that keeps you reaching for a glass of water... a true bruiser, like a younger 05' 2nd growth at this point


my impressions from this tasting were im glad i dont buy many "high end" CA Cab's anymore without trying them first, though they weren't all bad by any means, just unpredictable i would say less one expected characteristic... the 04's were all drinking noticeably better than the 05's at this point, at least to my palate... each 05' shared common traits such as muted flavors, restrained noses & tannic, unrelenting finishes (except the Realm). favorite out of the bunch would have to be the 04' Anomaly, even with the unimpressive nose, probably followed by the 04' Trespass, though i wanted to keep my nose in the Realm...
 
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was there saturday and we really loved the first 2 (tempest and anomaly)...
 
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was there saturday and we really loved the first 2 (tempest and anomaly)...

J, we should exchange emails and keep in touch about up coming R Carpet tastings we could meet up at

i really liked the Anomaly too, it stood out from the rest for me
 
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Very glad you do NOT like Revana.
 
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I tasted the 2005 Realm Tempest with Juan Mercado a month ago while visiting (along with the 2005 Dr. Crane and Farella). I thought all three were outstanding wines... especially, the Dr. Crane and Tempest (bought both).


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hey k...long time no talk.

i took 05 realm tempest to hawaii and had it at alan wong's place last week. thought it was drinking really nice....do need some time to settle down
 
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hey k...long time no talk.

i took 05 realm tempest to hawaii and had it at alan wong's place last week. thought it was drinking really nice....do need some time to settle down

no kidding man... i'll shoot u an email

how long was your bottle open? did you decant? i think some of the bottles tasted at RC benefited from being open while it may have hurt others?
 
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Originally posted by Jfont:
was there saturday and we really loved the first 2 (tempest and anomaly)...

J, we should exchange emails and keep in touch about up coming R Carpet tastings we could meet up at

i really liked the Anomaly too, it stood out from the rest for me
absolutely k...

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2005 Realm Cellars The Tempest - USA, California, Napa Valley (11/17/2012)
Inky purple color. Aromas of chocolate, cassis, plum, vanilla and blue fruit. Full-bodied, with vanilla, kirsch, and black fruit flavors. Decent finish, but still somewhat tannic. 91-92 pts. Drink 2014-2017. (91 pts.)

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