Nigel on Scott McLeod Matt Parish Pilot Hill Gang Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot El Dorado County 2014
Sad that Scott is leaving us but happy that Matt's capable hands and prodigious wine making skills will be watching the Hill and making the wine again. This is a huge wine - from the strong legs (thighs?) on the glass to it's dark plummy color to the aroma that leaps out of the glass even with no decanting. I tasted figs and caramel in this full bodied, fruit forward delight; the Merlot used in this must be top notch - the perfume-like quality was very noticeable. Balancing this, was the distinctive backbone of leathery Cabernet Sauvignon. Typical of a great Bordeaux this wine was greater than the sum of its parts, yet the two varietals were very much identifiable in the flavor profile. Soft tannins and balanced acidity yield a dark currant-like chewiness and a complex aftertaste that lingers. With a few more in the cellar put away for a few years, Nigel is a happy camper!
An absolute stunner from Jim Olsen. The very pale color belies a luscious fruit aroma that is followed by an initial intense key lime pie taster . The whole-mouth experience continues with bright, crisp ripe apricot flavor overlain with toasted almond hints and a certain amount of vanilla. A background burst of minerality adds further complexity to this magnificent wine. I am not familiar enough with the Manton Valley character to know if this hint of minerality is typical but I certainly found that it appealing. A wine powerful enough, without being buttery (this is Jim Olsen after all!), to match up against our blackened Coho salmon and subtle enough to showcase the fruit. A wine that is ideal to serve as a crisp aperitif and to follow through with during the meal.
Nigel on Ken Deis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013
With a rich, opaque plum color and brighter edges at the glass, a swirl releases the viscous legs and opens up a complex aroma. My first impression was of pencil shavings and then of leather. When I tasted it it was like getting a spoonful of crushed blackberries but with an immediate balance of muscular, yet elegant, tannins at the tip of my tongue. Was that really a hint of maple bacon mid palate? For sure I tasted a light blueberry note in the aftertaste that went on and on. This is a young, robust and multi-layered wine that drinks well now after a splashy decanting but really will come into it's own in a few years. A classic Napa Cab from our Ken!
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