We touched on this on the Silver Oak thread a few months back, but I just want some further insight (or advice) regarding a recent mediocre wine experience I had over the holidays:
I tried the St. Supery Dollarhide Ranch Cab (1999) at the winery this fall and loved it. Very savory, herbal, delicious cab similar to other Pope/Chiles Valley cabs I've tried. So....I splurged.
When I tried it this weekend, vanilla blanket!
Still a bit savory underneath, but that darn vanilla blanket! I didn't think they even used American Oak (the website seems silent on this).
What happened? Did I just not let it breath long enough? I did splash decant it for a short time before hand. It was a 1999, so it had a few years on it. The producer wins rave reviews. What did I do wrong???? Bottle variation? Eek!
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