International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126
($90; 75% cabernet sauvignon and 25% cabernet franc) Good ruby-red. Black raspberry and floral aromas, complicated by coffee and mocha notes. Supple, fat and sweet, with lovely depth of flavor and texture. A fairly large-scaled version of this wine: Viader declassified a lot of her 2003 cabernet franc, which she described as "light in body." Finishes with ripe, dusty tannins that arrive late. This has turned out very well.
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Author: James Laube
Aromas of dill and cedar turn firm and austere on the palate, where they're joined by earthy currant, blackberry and mineral nuances. On the finish, it turns complex, with the flavors neatly folding together. Tannins are ripe and balanced. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/08/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2016
Delicious food wine, really sang with prime rib. Great purple color, cedar, earth, stewed cherries, spice box. Tried twice before, best showing for this vintage yet.
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/31/2011
unbelievable nose superb cabernet. no need to say more
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/14/2011
Cab/Merlot blend. Some spice from Howell. Effusive aroma with decent finish.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/09/2010
Drink Dates: 2009-2016
Still rather tannic, but as I discovered, that can be a good thing if paired with the right foods. This wine showed plenty of fruity cassis, blackberry and boysenberry fruit framed by solid tannin, acidity and well integrated oak. Lots of compelixity. The wine evolved wonderfully throughout the course of the evening. A substantial wine from a highly respected Napa producer. Would buy again.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 04/19/2009
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