Purchased at Costco last Sunday for $16.99, I was a little nervous that maybe they couldn't repeat the performance of the 1999, which was an excellent wine. (I have yet to try a 2000 Cali Cab). Well, Mrs. Wino and I served this with Costco ChikParmesan on Monday night and were amazed with the richness and full fruit flavors that it delivered. Tannins were smooth and absolutely no bitter quality that I have picked up in a great deal of CaliCabs recently.
Being a work night, we left a large glass-worth of wine for Tuesday. I had mistakenly forgotten to cork the bottle so I thought it might lose some zip and flatten out. Well, I thought it was probably better than the night before (my wife still liked it a lot but preferred Day 1).
I have to tell that my hope for California Cab bargains has been restored by this wine. Parenthetically, I realize I spend too much time at Costco.
It didn't quite measure up to the Pride '01 Cab we had on Saturday, but that wine goes on my short list of great wines I've had in my 7 years of wine experience. My gut reaction is that I'd give the Hanna 91.587 points and at $16.99, we'll pick up another case or so. Yay!
Stood up and tried to focus
I hoped I wouldn't have to look far
I knew I could use a bloody mary
so I stumbled next door to the bar