Saturday, January 13, 2007

TN:2003 Rustenberg John X Merriman Stellenbosch

Decanted 1 hour. The color shows a very bright ruby. The nose is a bit subdued. Some dried fruit, all medium dark. Some currant and sulphur and camphor. There is a very nice note of cinnamon? Not sure, but I like it. The palate reveals an amazing purity of dark fruits, great subdued tannins, and a super elegance not usually found in a $30 wine. A plushness is evident, one that I fear many correlate over-ripeness to. I relate it to an acid level right on the mark. A 30 second aftertaste with a tinge of sweetness. Nice. A four grape blend that is sure to please. Note to self; get more.
91/100 $23.99

TN: 2003 Staglin Family Estate Cab. -or- A 2003 that doesn't suck

This is very impressive. Had this at the Napa Vintners on tour in NYC today. Deep dark color.

The nose reveal some creme de casis. A deep core of dark fruit, with super refined tannins wrapped around it. Some mocha with just a hint of oak, so deftly interceded. A super lushness that coats your mouth and a finish that does not want to end. This shows its breed. I have seen the light . My first Staglin, and not my last by a longshot.