2003 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Réserve Spéciale

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Sonoma Valley
Drink between 2011 - 2022 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 16

  • hosscrow Likes this wine: (95 points)

    December 29, 2016 - Dark, opaque, ruby red to the rim with color moving slowly to the center. At its peak now but will hold for several years. Aromatic nose of dark blue fruit, leather, cedar, a hint of clove. complex and powerful as the wine emerged on the second day. Rich taste of blackberry and spices, like a delicious pie but with a powerful structure, tart acidity, dusty and ripe tannins. Beautifully balanced with a moderately long finish with the floral scents coming in right at the end. Sonoma with its More tightly structured and lighter mouthfeel than a juicy, herbaceous Napa cab. Definitely decant. As someone wrote, legendary stuff.

  • xxquadxx Likes this wine: (94 points)

    November 7, 2016 - This just keeps improving with age. At 13 years it still has probably 5 years until it reaches its peak and mellows out. Thought it reached its peak last time I tried it about 2 years ago, but was wrong - it has dramatically improved. Fantastic showing from Sonoma. Too bad Dick Arrowood sold the winery to bozos. This stuff is legendary.

  • brucegolfer Likes this wine: (91 points)

    June 5, 2016 - Very deep red color, well balanced, drank well with barbecue.

  • xxquadxx wrote: (92 points)

    September 14, 2014 - Very nicely aged wine with tannins that are beautifully integrated and balanced with just the right amount of fruit. This is not a "fruit bomb", this is a 100% classic Sonoma Cabernet structured in a Bordeaux style. Reached its peak and likely will hold at it for another 3-4 years. Long finish. Paired well with beef wellington. I'm really glad I have 4 more bottles.

  • smcg wrote: (85 points)

    August 17, 2013 - Didn't quite work for me; lacking much complexity or interest, and getting a bit astringent after 10 years.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Arrowood
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Réserve Spéciale
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 214 (54%)
  • Consumed 186 (47%)

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