Wow....what a tasting tonight! Again...my #1 wine buddy, and I have had a wonderful flight of dark, rich, and bold wines....not to delay the results...here they are:
1. Caymus '91 Cabernet - Not to be confused with the Special Select., but this bottle was undoubtedly phenomenal! Pure essential essence of what a great California aged cabernet should taste like! Out of 7 previous tastings (separtate bottles) 3 were very undistinquished, but 4 after the fact were mindblowing. Whether this was due to loose corks on the 3 that were bad, or bottle variation, it's hard to tell. But, the 4 that were great, were truly fantastic, ripe, aged, California great cabernets. 94-95 pts. for those that were good, and for those that were bad, not even worth spaghetti sauce!
2. Paul Hobbs '99 Cab. - What can we say....rich, opulent, chocolately, dark, aromatic, and all the other cliches used by the austere connisieures and critics. Wonderul drink. This wine will go the mile. 93-94 pts. I would tend to lean toward the higher side...94 pts. solid!
3. Verite La Muse '99 - After a disappointing first bottle about 4 weeks ago which we were able to return for a new one, we have given it a very objective second chance. I would rate this after consibderable consideration to be a nearly great wine. It has all the makings of an ageable French Bordeaux, but of a California style. Rich, austere, with room for ageability, and eloquence. But, not nearly close to the elements of a "cult" classic. Which seems to be what this wine is trying to attain. IMHO. As for a point rating...91-93 pts.....definitely not what Parker or the latest hype rates it!!! Good wine, but not your best QPR rating...especially at $70!
4. '99 Mettler Cab. Lodi - For the price....a wonderful QPR! Elegant bouquet of wild cabernet. Deep dark color in the glass. Not over-oaked, with a beautiful fruit forward cabernet taste. And...to top it off...this is the first release!!! A bargain IMHO at $22-25. Deep cherrry, rasberry, excellent fruit, and sufficint tannin. This wine was great with food. 88-90 pts. for it's price range. This is a wine that I would look forward to in future vintages.
-DR. DRAB and fellow wine commonsieuer "K.B."