- Category: Lost & Found / Taste it Again
(October 3, 2020) ... How's this for a blast from the past? Made from dried Cabernet Sauvignon, which Cave Spring no longer grows ... the alcohol is 14%, which is pretty respectable for a dried grape wine (especially when they can get up to 16-17%). Very leathery and smoky with dried black cherry, rich tannins and even some notes of dates, raisins and figs.
I also decided to pull out the decanter for this one (a rarity for me) just to do a half bottle test (half into the decanter, half natural aging) ... decanted it became very silky, sure it was smoky and tobacco laced, but there was an undercurrent of herbal and menthol - strange but not unappealing. Then I gave a nod to my friend Dave (who plays mixologist at the end of most nights he opens up many bottles) and blended both the decanted and un-decanted versions: alcohol showed through, but there was also some black cherry and cassis / kirsch-like notes ... it suddenly became a better bottle because it had structure and yet retained some character ... bottom line: decant half the bottle and then pour equal amounts from both the decanted and the bottled. Not sure how much more time this wine has but I'd say a few at most.