A group of us got together at Davec's on Sunday night and opened a handful of cabernets. Davec was kind enough to cook some delicious flank steak and other brought a variety of sides. Here are my notes, followed by the group's vote and then the wines. I'm sure Davec and Pilot360 will chime in with their impressions.
Wine 1: lots of red fruits; redcurrant and raspberry, cedar, smoke, cinnamon, leather and tobacco. Nice, but not anything special. My #4 (tie)
Wine 2: Similar to #1 but bigger/darker. Blackberries, spicy tobacco, vanilla, great nose. My #2
Wine 3: light, funky, cranberries, red fruits, herbal,, green, dilly, chemically, flat. Quite a disappointment. My #8.
Wine 4: What a nose! red cherries, raspberries, earth and mushrooms all on the nose. Lots of fruit; blackberries and raspberries on the palate complemented by licorice, rosemary and roasted meat. Concentrated and complex. Clearly the best of the lineup. My WOTN.
Wine 5: Most Bordeaux like of the group right off the back. Tobacco, green pepper, forest floor, mushrooms, kind of a saline nori flavor, very minerally, almost syrah-like. My #4 (tie) This improved a lot in the glass and might have been higher with a few more hours.
Wine 6: Started off a lot like #3. Dilly, chemically, flat, oaky. This also improved with time, but still was near the bottom of the pack for me at the end of the night. Needs time. My #7.
Wine 7: Red and Black fruits, leather, cedar, good acidity, spicy tobacco. Like a smaller version of #2. My #3.
Wine 8: Poured after the previous 7 from a magnum. Lots of blue and black fruits. Nice but simple. A little grapey but goes down smooth. My #5.
The group voted for top 3.
Wine 4 was clearly the group WOTN with 4 firsts.
Wine 2 was group's second with 5 second place votes.
Wine 8 was third.
Wine 6 was fourth.
Wine 5 had a first place vote.
Wine 7 had a second and third place votes.
Wines 1 and 3 didn't get any top 3 votes.
Wine 1: 2006 Caymus Special Selection
Wine 2: 2006 Maybach Materium
Wine 3: 2002 Quilceda Creek
Wine 4: 2006 Ovid D7.86 (cab franc)
Wine 5: 2006 Cayuse Camaspelo
Wine 6: 2010 Ruby Trust Cellars (cab franc)
Wine 7: 2001 Lokoya Diamond Mt
Wine 8: 1999 Trefethen