1997 Abreu - Madrona Ranch (Cabernet Sauvignon) 750ml

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1997 Abreu - Madrona Ranch (Cabernet Sauvignon)
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Wine Advocate | 100

As I reported last year, the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch is a perfect Cabernet Sauvignon. It has been in bottle for over a year, and this wine, like all the others, has easily soaked up its aging in 100% new Taransaud barrels. It is a sumptuous, unctuously-textured, fabulously concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon that hits all the sweet spots on the palate, and puts the olfactory senses into overdrive. The wine smells and tastes perfect. It is a compelling effort that one day will be considered part of a small group of elite California Cabernets that may be rewriting the definition of greatness in Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1997 boasts an opaque black/purple color as well as a gorgeous bouquet of roasted meats, scorched earth, blackberry, creme de cassis, minerals, and toast. The soaring aromatics are matched by a phenomenally intense, seamless palate, with full-bodied opulence, exquisite purity and symmetry, and a multidimensional finish that lasts for nearly a minute. This wine will be delicious when released next year, and will last for 25-30 years. It is a tour de force in winemaking.

Drink Dates: 2001-2031


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Score: 99
Author: G
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/27/2013

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Score: 100
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/27/2011
Site Blog: mac_h one of the great california cabs ever made

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Score: 95
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/10/2010
Drink Dates: 2001-2015
Opaque with mocha and cedar on the nose. This bottle showed better than the previous one tasted. Chocolate, cedar and tobacco on the palate. Some layering of flavors develops after an hour of air. Medium finish.

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About This Producer


If you adhere to the premise that great wine begins in the vineyard, then you have to admire the influence David Abreu has had on the ultra-premium wine industry. His impact began in the 1980s when he founded Abreu Vineyards after graduating from the Viticulture and Enology program at UC Davis. His reputation was enhanced through the success of his vineyard management company, and he became one of the most sought-after viticulture consultants. Famous clients include Blankiet, Staglin, Colgin, Bryant, Araujo and many others. His own wines reflect his expert vineyard management skills and innate ability to translate the grapes' excellence into stunning wine. Abreu also produces a proprietary red blend called Rothwell Hyde.

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