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2001 Worthy (Axios) Sophias Cuvee Proprietary Blend

USA California North Coast Napa

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Worthy (Axios) Sophias Cuvee Proprietary Blend 2001
Mike P.
Mike P.

Rated  on May 12, 2008

Double decanted back into the bottle 2 hours previous. Initially very profound deep velvety dark fruits and wonderful length. After 2 hours: Ultra dark and brooding. The nose was very restrained: some cassis, some blackberries. The palate revealed amazing refined dark fruits. Initially somewhat astringent, but after a few hours opened to a lovely cedar box & tobacco. After 4 hours this rocked into a medley of pure fruit, smooth body, and refined elegance. This did not dissapoint. Very pure aligned tannins and a long finish completed the package. Lots of life left in this.V ery unlike any Sophies that came after (I have had the 2002, and the 2003. Glad I have more.

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Another reason not to trust WS ratings on Cabs
Score: 89 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
Sampled 12/8/07. I bought this wine on release in cases because I was seduced by its thick and rich tannins and dense fruit and leather notes. I`m no expert, but I thought this wine could really develop into something special and at under $30/bottle, what a deal. WS then rates it 93 and puts in their top 50 WOTY. Apparently WS experts are not much better than I am at picking winners in their infancy. (Go with Parker on Cab ratings) As time went on, I`ve tried this wine and it steadily became less impressive. It`s been a while since last sampling, but the wine`s color is still purple ink. But the depth of the wine has fallen off. It is now mostly alcoholic grape juice. All the leather notes and tobacco have fallen away to black grapes and alcohol. There is no material amount of sediment in this wine and perhaps it is just going through an awkward phase of development, but I suspect not. I`m glad I sold most of what I bought for a 100% profit after the WS score came out, because it is now worth only its release price.
Posted by mxpbuy on December 9, 2007
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Definitely starting to hit its stride
Score: 93 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
Sampled 7/11/07. I have not had this wine in a year or more and it has finally started to come out of its awkward phase. I am surprised by how well it is showing and that it will probably last another 3 to 5 years. I would not have guessed it a year ago. The tannins are soft. The garnet color looks like real wine, not the fruit bomb stuff. Creosote on the nose more than any wine I`ve sniffed in recent memory. Blackberries, some black cherries, Asian spice, a touch of vanilla Oak. A pretty good wine that would get a 94 except that there is a slight drop off at mid palate before it comes back on the finish.
Posted by mxpbuy on July 11, 2007
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Do Not Be Confused, The 2001 is Much Better than the 2002
Score: 92 points
Drink by: Now to 2 years
Sampled 6/7/05. It has been about 10 months since I last sampled the 2001 Worthy. The 2001 wine`s tannins have softened a great deal since its release, and the wine is showing signs that it is best consummed within the next few years. The blackberries, plum, tobacco and Oak are pretty well balanced in this fruit bomb. The color is still inky. I suggest decanting for about 1/2 hour just to let the alcohol blow off. The 2002 fails to compare and should have a score at least 3 or 4 points lower than the 2001, so if you like the 2002, then you should really enjoy the 2001.
Posted by mxpbuy on June 8, 2005
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