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Reply to "TN: 2002 Match Cabernet Sauvignon Butterdragon Hill"

I took a mixed bag of 6 wines with me to dinner with a bunch of relatives last week. No plan, and an impromptu choice of restaurants. The last wine we tasted was the Match.

Needless to say, this wine sang. It had been open for about an hour before we got to it and when it was poured my wife's cousin's husband, (hey it was an extended family gathering) who was sitting next to me, and who is not a big wine nut immediately perked up and said, what is that, it smells great? Wonderful nose of berrys, spices and coacoa.

The wine has definitely mellowed since I last tasted it 4 years ago. Well balanced, a little lighter than many Napa Cabs. Nice fruit, plums and blackberry, with some leather, smoke and roasted beef notes. A very long and satisfying finish. This bottle definitely reenforced my opinion that these wines are best with 5 to 8 years of age on them.
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