I don’t know how not to love this wine, changing tastes and all… It’s absurdly good. Better, actually on day three than it was on day one, when it was utterly remarkable. I’m drinking more Pinot than anything else these days, but God bless Maybach. It still stands above ALL the rest for us. (The above and below written completely sober!)
2014 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium - USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville (3/14/2017)
Popped this about 2.5 hours ago, and have been following it since then. I’m going to try to leave a couple glasses for tomorrow, to see what it does. But, basically:
Ethereal, gorgeous, sexy, compelling, magnetic.
On the nose: violets, cassis, black and blue fruit, leather, and pepper.
The palate is incredibly rich, layered, striking, and deeply memorable. The finish goes for over a minute, it sings and sings. Totally approachable. None of the grinding tannin and oak of many popular Napa wines. Just exceptional.
I’ve written in multiple reviews that my tastes are changing from big cabernet blends to Pinots and lighter styles. Well, thankfully, the Maybach Materium, which has been our favorite wine for a decade, maintains its position! This is incredible, even for somebody on the other side of a “tastes transition.”
My wife called this 100 points. I’m not prepared to score it yet, but it’s at least a 98 for me. I want to see what it does. I’ll come back and update the wine and the score tomorrow.
Could not come back to this the next night unfortunately. Although my wife did, and her exuberance was not less than the first day. So for me, this note is about 48 hours after opening:
Consistent aromas on the nose, but lessened, not as intense. To be expected. Flavors remain bold, nuanced, elegant, finessed, large, round, compelling. A bit more acid now, some allspice, some clove working its way towards the forefront. But otherwise, rather amazingly, the wine tastes very much the same on day three as it did on day one. This speaks to its decades-long life ahead of it.
If I had something to celebrate every day, I would open one of these daily. But then I could only drink them for a month or so!
It remains, after all these years, our favorite wine. In a league of its very own – changing tastes and all. (99 pts.)