Deeper ruby-red. More vibrant aromas of currant, cassis, black raspberry, tobacco, graphite and a hint of dill. Bigger, lusher and sweeter than the winery's '97 merlot, with more texture and depth. Here the tannins seem sweeter, allowing the wine's finishing flavors to linger longer. Beginning with this vintage, the Harrises have been able to blend in a bit of cabernet franc (from vines planted in 1994 after a |vegetal clone| of franc had been pulled out) to fill in the middle palate and provide another aromatic component in both their cabernet and merlot releases.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2000
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91
Rich and earthy, with enough currant, anise and berry flavors to fill in the gaps, turning chewy and chocolaty on the finish. 3,350 cases made.
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89
The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (3,300 cases) includes 8% Cabernet Franc and nearly 4% Merlot in the blend. It boasts an excellent dark ruby/purple color in addition to a complex bouquet of roasted coffee, herbs, black currants, and spicy oak. Elegant and rich, with good texture, medium to full body, and fine purity and balance, it should drink well for 12-15 years.