2004 Sloan 750ml

USA - California - Napa - Rutherford/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2004 Sloan

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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

Bright, saturated ruby. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, dark plum, black cherry, violet, minerals, spices, soy sauce and brown spices. Lush, broad and rich, with a superripe blackberry flavor that remains this side of jammy. Thanks to its finesse of texture and juiciness, this ultimately comes across as less sweet and more classic than the superb 2002. Finishes with wonderfully suave, broad, building tannins that coat the teeth. The wine's cabernet franc component contributes lift and spice on the aftertaste. This needs, and should reward, six to eight years of cellar time.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 98

The 2004 Sloan's spectacular inky/purple/garnet color is followed by notes of high quality espresso roast, chocolate, black currants, truffles and a striking minerality. Full-bodied and super-rich with that roasted character that one finds in Cote Rotie and some of the great Haut-Brions from Pessac-Leognan, this full-bodied, rich 2004 is a super-star of the vintage. Although the tannins are elevated, they are extremely sweet and well-integrated. This spectacular 2004 is performing even better now than it did following bottling. It is also one of the more developed and evolved vintages of Sloan, no doubt because that was the nature of the 2004 vintage. Drink it now and over the next two decades.

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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Wine Spectator | 96

Dark, rich and concentrated, with great structure, depth and complexity, offering tiers of spicy currant, blackberry, sage, herb and pleasant mineral notes. The tannins are firm as well, giving this an excellent framework. 500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009-2022
Author: James Laube


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Score: 92
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/11/2013
Intense with heavy oak and vanilla. Fruit is missing.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 96
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 04/25/2013

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 94
Author: VinoDeparture
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/20/2010
Nice but a little too pricey for the quality. Chocolate, tobacco, and hazelnuts. Heavy tannins still needs to mature.

2 of 2 people found this review useful.

Score: 95
Author: Aijuna
Tasted On: 10/08/2010

About This Producer


Location alone is enough to draw attention to this wine - the vineyards are perched upon a picturesque hill above the renowned Auberge du Soleil - but the added value of having David Abreu plant the vineyards and Mark Aubert as the founding winemaker ties it all together into a package destined for stardom. The inaugural vintage, 2000, came out in 2004, with huge concentration, brilliant fruit integrity and a rich, complex character. The incredible structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend comes from the balanced integration of the exquisite 100% Rutherford estate fruit and the obsessive attention to detail in the vineyard and cellar. Martha McClellan is current winemaker, under whose guidance Sloan continues in the young tradition that earned it a 100-point score from Robert Parker for the 2002 vintage.

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