I hate synthetic corks and dipped wax closures on wine, but I love this wine event hough it has both of those strikes against it.
It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah sourced from multiple Napa vineyards. All of which goes to show that terroir isn't everything.
I had the 2000 Ode to Picasso at Thanksgiving back in 2006 (or was it 2005?), and it was tough sledding. Massive, mouth-puckering tannins dominated the palate even after extended breathing. I figured it needed another decade of cellaring. Because I don't trust synthetic corks for aging wine much past age 10, however, I decided to try it tonight with a warm duck and wild rice salad.
It's still a huge wine. Deep purple, almost black, with powerful legs. Huge bouquet of prunes, cocoa, and some exotic spice. The tannins have mellowed a lot (not surprisingly, the wine has thrown an enormous amount of sediment, you will need to decant it and do so VERY carefully; an unbleached coffee filter and a funnel may be your best bet if you want to extract maximum volume). Even so, it's still a big, rich, and hedonistic blast on the palate. Long finish. Highly extracted. Prunes, coffee, and cocoa. Mostly prunes. Love it! Grade: A