A blind tasting of American Cabernet Sauvignon in Edinburgh.
Deep garnet, fading evenly.
Upfront nose with fresh mulberrys and cream.
Medium bodied with a warm, mouthfilling texture.
Fresh berry fruit, spicy, stalky old oak and grippy tannins.
Slightly hollow but good dry finish.
Pleasant now with food, should open out very well over the next 2 to 3 years.
Bright, even, pale ruby.
Intense, leafy, vegetal nose with crunch cassis fruit and some creamy oak.
Medium to full bodied with a rich, rounded texture and minty, spicy black fruit flavours.
Soft, warm, long finish.
Easy and approachable now.
Even pale ruby with notable viscosity.
Upfront, lush nose with lot of tart fruit and tobacco flavours and a touch of sulphur and shit.
Full bodied and ripe with sweet and sour cassis/mulberry fruit flavours.
Excellent integration with tart, fruity acidity and a long, dry, warm finish.
Impressive but slightly lacking in depth and showing excessive sulphur - drink now and over the short term.
[I spotted this as one of the Wing Canyons - the sulphur gave it away!]
Much deeper in colour than the '95 - even ruby paling towards the rim.
Forward, attractive nose of cassis, spice and vanilla with integrated oak.
Full bodied and mouthfilling with creamy, sweet cassis flavours and a long, fresh, alcoholic finish.
Opulent and delicious now, but with real potential for development over the next 4 to 5 years.
Opaque red/purple fading slightly at the rim.
Brooding, slightly dumb, dense nose of black fruits and coffee - very promising.
Medium to full bodied with sweet black fruits, coffee, liquorice and medicinal flavours.
Thickly textured and luscious with a warm, long, meaty finish.
Drinkable and enjoyable now, but needs time to show its best.
Bright, even garnet red.
Lively nose with berry fruits and herbal, radox notes.
Medium bodied with sweet cassis and herb flavours and a warm, long finish.
Nicely integrated and forward - drinking now.
Opaque garnet/purple, paling slightly at rim.
Restrained but interesting nose of cassis and herbs - needs time.
Medium to full bodied with sweet cassis fruit, minerals and tobacco, juicy acidity and a dash of oak.
Good dry finish.
Young but approachable now, this will probably be at its best in 2 to 5 years.
Very deep purple/red to red/pink at rim.
Mute and slighly soapy nose, with redcurrant and cherry fruit and a hint of sulpur.
Medium bodied and rounded, with tart berry fruits, sour acidity and a long finish.
Dirty and unappealling - possibly a tainted bottle or a bad phase?
Opaque purple/red paling to rim.
Concentrated but closed nose of inky, currant fruit.
Full bodied and concentrated with plenty of alcohol, black cherry flavours, spicy oak and a rich, long finish.
Superb but very young - will be drinking well in 5 to 6 years.