The short note is: "It's excellent!" <g>
Cork: Real cork. (As much trouble as David had with all
cork corks, I still prefer them.)
Color: Deep, almost totally opaque inky dark plum; yet not black, still obviously with color.
Meniscus: Small, color to the rim, with many great long legs!
The obvious fruit is not present as when this wine was first bottled.
(I know, I helped bottle it. ;-) It now sniffs of the true character
of it's name, along with the Cabernet Franc and David's unmistakable Zin(s)!
If you haven't tasted this wine for a year or more, you won't recognize
it as the same wine! It has matured wonderfully! It has coalesced
into a uniquely unified taste that must be carefully analyzed to sample
the underlying subtle complexity. At first opening the alcohol was
predominate, but subsided after being opened an hour or so. The tannins
are essentially completely married, and only a slight "numb" on the back
of the teeth and roof of the mouth reminds you of their original presence.
My opinion is that it is drinking as well as it ever will, and should probably be consumed within the next year. It may go dumb, and re-blossom later, but I don't think I'd chance it; I plan to enjoy it at it's wonderful present drinking state... about an 88 - 90 in my book!