2.13.2010

1990 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon: Maybe a bad bottle?


feb. 13, 2010: we celebrated st. valentine's day early this year with steak au poivre via http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Steak-au-Poivre-233549, baked acorn squash via http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/classic_baked_acorn_squash/ and gorgonzola polenta via http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Gorgonzola-Polenta-240109. (the acorn squash turned out the best, as the steak was a little too salty and the polenta wasn't that distinctive.)
we paired this with this napa valley cabernet sauvignon that was given to us as a gift from alan. on snooth, it's priced at $199.99. (he didn't purchase it at that price, though. we'll have to ask him when he bought these bottles.) we think we may have had a bad bottle. after a couple of hours of decanting, this bottle, according to greg, had a green pepper nose with a hint of raisin (which he did not like at all.) he said he can't believe it's worth the money. greg said that when we opened it, it had a more standard cab nose. but 1.5 hours later, it is so sour that he can't drink it. in actuality, he thinks we should pour it out. (we decided to wait until sunday to see if it improves.)
victoria thinks it has an earthy nose with some iron, but the flavor is acidic and sour. it may indeed be a bad bottle (or at least we hope it is), and we are not impressed.
13 percent alcohol. gift.
UPDATE: after keeping it in the decanter all night, we were hoping for the best. unfortunately, it had completely devolved into the flavor of dirt from which it came. a big, big disappointment.

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