2002 Forman - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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2002 Forman - Cabernet Sauvignon
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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

($65) Good full ruby-red. Serious, deep aromas of black raspberry, blackcurrant and smoke; more medicinal and less floral than the 2003. Then plump and lush in the mouth, with an early voluptuousness rare for a Forman cabernet. Very rich, pliant wine that's not at all roasted. In fact, this wine's verve suggests it will be even better with several years in the bottle. Finishes with substantial but thoroughly ripe tannins Forman inoculates his cabernet with a yeast generically called "cepage cabernet" (produced by a French company in Chile ), which he describes as "superclean" and able to ferment all the sugars and preserve pure fruit.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | 94

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, rich, classic California Cabernet displaying Napa Valley's power and intensity allied to finesse and restraint. A blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, and a dollop of Merlot, its deep purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of violets, creme de cassis, camphor, and hints of melted licorice as well as espresso roast. With supple tannin, an opulent, layered mouthfeel, great fruit, full body, and tremendous balance and purity, it can be drunk young, but promises to keep for 15-18 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Score: 95
Author: gjsantoro
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/09/2014
Score: 89
Author: a2-basalt
Tasted On: 04/23/2009
More Vintages and Sizes of Forman - Cabernet Sauvignon:

2010 (750ml)

About This Producer


Ric Forman, a legend on the Napa wine scene with his integral role in developing the vineyards of Newton and the great Cabernets of Sterling, established his own brand with a debut 1983 vintage. This first wine exceeded anyone's expectations, and Ric has maintained consistent high rankings for his age-worthy Cabernet and Chardonnay, wines of "finesse" and "elegance." Forman also produces a second label called Chateau la Grande Roche.

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