Pulled this out of the cellar two days ago after drinking a “weaker Cabernet Sauvignon wine” and did this hit the spot! The grapes came mostly from Spring Mountain AVA in the western hills of Napa Valley and a smaller quantity from Pope Valley. This win was rated 93 points by Robert Parker and was a true winner.
On the eyes, a deep ruby red coloring and medium heavy viscosity. On the nose dark fruits and exotic spices entice you take that first sip. Once in the mouth swirling dark fruits (blackberry and raspberry) intermix with vanilla infused pipe tobacco and licorice to provide a mouth filling plush wine on the palate. The finish is long with a plum essence, dustiness and herbal qualities. 4,175 cases were produced. A very good bargain compared to many others with this much to offer as I think at the time I paid about $59.
This was an absolute delight to finish off the evening! I have previously listed this vintage in my Best Wines Tasted during the year.
One thing to notice the cork! For a wine that has been laying down for approximately 10 years, the cork was perfectly matched for the bottle with hardly a trace of wine “inching up” the cork.