2003 Plumpjack - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml

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2003 Plumpjack - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 90

($185; bottled with a screwcap) Good full ruby. Tangy red berries, spices, iron and mocha on the nose; a bit cooler than the 2004 bottling. Then juicy, spicy and tight; less lush than the 2004 but still with a creaminess at the core. The vibrant red berry flavors nicely support the wine's lightly herbal quality. Finishes firmly tannic and persistent, with no shortage of flavor.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 98

The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (also finished with a screw cap) was aged in 70% new French oak with fermentation in barrel. I think the Reserve is a selection of the finest lots once the wine finishes malolactic. The color is a saturated ruby/purple. The nose seems slightly more reserved and less forthcoming than the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, but there is a brooding, formidable richness underlying the surface. With massive concentration without heaviness, extraordinary delineation and vibrancy without any fatigue, this is a tour de force in Cabernet Sauvignon as well as continued confirmation of the extraordinary Oakville Corridor and the old Villa Mt. Eden site. This amazing Cabernet Sauvignon is bursting at the seams with a 50+ second finish. It should continue to age well despite its accessibility for another two decades. This is another example of a 2003 that is performing far superior to what I would have thought coming into this tasting.

Drink Dates: 2013-2033
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 207

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Score: 93
Author: Brian Deshler
Tasted On: 07/09/2014
More Vintages and Sizes of Plumpjack - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve:

2009 (750ml)

About This Producer


The PlumpJack Winery's Estate Vineyard, founded in 1881, is nestled in the nape of the Vaca Mountain range on the eastern side of the Napa Valley. The main winery building, which is still in use, was completed in 1883. Vineyards have covered the Oakville site since the late 1800s.

In the more recent past, the facility where PlumpJack now makes its wine was the original home of Villa Mt. Eden Winery. Begun in 1973 by proprietors James and Anne McWilliams, the vineyard and winery rapidly gained attention for producing dynamic, long-lived wines, with particular emphasis on the estate and reserve Cabernet Sauvignons. Continuing in that tradition by producing the finest Cabernet Sauvignon is PlumpJack Winery's ultimate goal.

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