Merrill, you’re screwing up my program. First off, I have managed to whittle down my list of wineries that I buy Cab from each year to only a handful. Second, when I sample a bottle for the first time I like to enjoy the first glass’ evolution over the course of a half hour or more. You ruined both in one fell swoop with your 2009 Black Cat. The first glass on the pop ‘n’ pour didn’t last long enough to even jot down a few scribbles!
Tasting note to follow… once I sate my palate and have the time to really concentrate on this.
Agreed, Joe! I don’t need to clamor for 98 points - I will take 92-94 all day long. Each vintage. You know what it is like to have your wine - and essentially yourself - out there.
To me, the 2009 Black Cat is not at all a pop and pour. 4 hours makes this one shine. And it is not going anywhere fast. I recently preferred the 2008. I think a bunch of Berserkers have these wines in their cellars from BerserkerDays past.
I used to use Parker ratings this way. I found that historically great wines he rated in the low to mid 90’s were my favorites, above wines from the same properties that he rated higher… and they were cheaper. These wines had all the class and more finesse than the bigger ones, and plenty of stuffing.
You don’t need to stand a spoon in it to have a great wine.
Totally on the same plane with you there. With only one exception I can remember (2002 Lokoya Diamond Mountain), I usually don’t enjoy the bottles Parker scores 96 points or higher as much as the 90 - 94 pointers.
I almost opened this last Saturday for dinner but some last minute people got added to the dinner plans and I wanted to enjoy this one with just me and the wife (seeing as we met Merrill the day after we got engaged in Napa). Merrill sent us home with quite a nice gift as well. She is a great person which makes enjoying the wines even better!
I opened 2008 and 2010, and both are drinking quite nicely. I like a minimum 2 hour decant. The 2011 has no apologies to make from that difficult vintage - those on the more AFWE side seem to prefer this one.
Recently was able to taste four different EMH Cab’s, including the 2014 Sparkles. I can say that all of them were very delicious. I am behind in getting a post up about it…hopefully later today when I get home.