Lot 74 | 2006 Italy
This gorgeously black wine with a powerful structure and great fruit density was drinking very well a few weeks ago, but my tasting last week saw it a little out of sorts. So, I imagine the wine is at the tail end of bottle shock.
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Structurally, Lot 74 is Lot 35 Yountville Cabernet on steroids and more akin to Lot 73 Chalk Hill Cabernet. Both of these wines hail from the cooler climates of the North Coast, and it is reflected in their Bordeaux-meets-California attitude. The wines are typically tight in their youth but with some bottle age will open up to reveal fruit complexities you don't get in warmer climes. Lot 74 is certainly a cellar selection with integrated tannins and its tightly wound core of fruit. Leave this puppy in the cellar for at least another year, probably more, and look to drink it up in another 3 to 10 years though it'll go longer. Think classic cassis fruit, dark chocolate, espresso/mocha flavors—all tightly wound together for now.
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