Pulled from a Transtherm Hermitage unit set at 56f, where this bottle has remained undisturbed since purchase in 6-pack format in Fall 1997. Uncorked and poured straight from bottle, consumed over a four hour period.
Ruby/purple in color, with an expressive nose of bandage, camphor, scorched earth, dried thyme, and black plum. The mid-palate shows medium body/mouthfeel, and gives way to notes of oak, slightly sweet roasted plum fruit, olive tapenade, and more bandage. Fine sanding of moderate tannins present in the 35 second finish. Serious consumption can probably begin now +5 years.
Overall, a delicious, elegant, restrained CA Cab Sauvignon, which was pretty much what I expected! 92 points.