International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126
($125) Good saturated ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of currant, black cherry, espresso, milk chocolate and flowers; a real essence of Napa Valley cabernet. Enters the palate like silk, then builds slowly toward the back, offering a lovely light touch and plenty of inner-mouth aromatic character. Finishes with substantial but very fine tannins that reach the incisors, and lingering perfume.
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Author: Robert Parker
The rich and intense 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has a saturated ruby/purple color and is sweet and dark, with a complex nose of creme de cassis, blackberry, subtle oak, and smoke. It is medium to full-bodied and seems richer, fuller, and more intense than the 2004, but again reminds me of a St.-Julien made in Napa.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/15/2012
One of best wines I have tasted. Big bold flavors but goes down like velvet.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/25/2012
Drink Dates: 2011-2020
This is getting very interesting as the way is maturing...this full body, dark, dense and full flavor CS. an underrated vintage but this bottling is a great value. Its drinking nicely and getting the complexity you migh expect from this blockbuster wine.
From now to next 7-9 yrs it will be in peak drinking condition. Enjoy it!
1 people found this review useful.
Tasted On: 09/23/2011
Best wine (for me) in a vertical tasting from 99-08. This was the first vintage they did not include any Merlot or Malbec; and the last vintage before Constellation bought Mondavi in Nov 2004. Nose like fresh pressed blackcurrant juice with a dusting of cocoa and vanilla at first, deepened into crushed blackberries and cassis with a hint of thyme. Palate is just gorgeous - pure black fruits, flavors still primary but everything in perfect balance, polished tannins, expansive and powerful, long and promising. Puts many more expensive Napa Cabs to shame.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/27/2010
You can not tell this reserve comes from such a massive operation. Tastes like a quality Napa garagiste product. Excellent.
2 people found this review useful.
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/16/2010
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