Thanks for the reminder. Thanks to the courtesy of the winery, I received a sample bottle of both the 2004 and the 2004 Anniversary edition, the regular edition for re-tasting and the second tasted for the first time. My tasting notes for both follow.
Ella Valley Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004: My earlier tasting note holds firmly. Full-bodied, ripe and complex, with soft tannins integrating nicely and showing currant and red plums along with intimations of anise, black pepper and spicy oak. On the finish hints of earthiness and freshly tanned leather. Round and long. Well crafted. Drink now–2011. Score 91. K (Re-tasted 1 Sep 2008)
Ella Valley Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 60th Anniversary Edition, 2004: Vinified separately from the regular release but a near-twin to that wine (see above). Full-bodied, dark garnet, with soft tannins integrating nicely with spicy wood and fruits. On the nose and palate blackcurrants, plums and blackberries, those supported nicely by notes of Oriental spices and black pepper along with a hint of earthy-minerality that comes in on the long finish. Drink now-2011. Score 91. K (Tasted 1 Sep 2008)