1997 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Réserve Spéciale

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
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Community Tasting Notes 50

  • mwanasheria Likes this wine: (93 points)

    October 10, 2015 - Black ink, pencil shavings, tar, sweet cassis. A fine wine.

  • Jeff Leve wrote: (91 points)

    September 23, 2015 - Even though this is starting its decline, there is still a lot to like about the fresh, crisp red fruits, earth and tobacco character and soft textures.

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  • alr6767 Likes this wine: (93 points)

    August 31, 2015 - Dark garnet, fairly opaque. Tobacco, cassis, leather, herbs, drying flowers on the nose, perhaps slight VA. On the palate, dark cherry, mint, toast, rosemary, sage. Medium acidity and medium mouth feel. Long finish with slightly drying tannin.

    This bottle just oozed class. All aspects are well integrated. Prototypical Sonoma Cab from a really great vintage, and amazing with dinner from HOPR. I hope my young Sonoma cabs perform this well at age 18. Little to no sediment. 13.8%

  • Apollo5710 wrote: (92 points)

    December 6, 2014 - This is a wine for the long haul! I've had this a couple other times within the past 10 years, and it seems like it's barely budged in terms of moving toward maturity. I suggest a 2-3 hour decant, this is about how long it took for the wine to come out of its shell (initial nose was big, but it vanished shortly thereafter). After 2 hours, the nose opened up to reveal rather youthful oaky notes melded with leather, cinnamon, spice, brown sugar, cranberry and licorice. It is big in the mouth and still quite tannic! Red candied fruit flavors were dominant, which was followed by a long, explosive finish. This did not taste like a 17 year old wine! I'd say hold for another 5-10 years, but based on this experience, it could have over 20 more years to go - 92+

  • djdaqm Likes this wine: (91 points)

    October 14, 2014 - Decanted, but didn't aerate long. Very reticent on the nose. When first decanting I got some mild spice, berries and iodine, but this went away quickly. On the palate the wine has a very nice texture, with the tannins well integrated. It has a very silky feel. There was some tangy grapiness, like what I might associate with a CndP, with a subtle finish. Overall I was actually a little disappointed, having had this wine several times before. It's quite subtle and fine, but the complexity and length didn't seem to be there anymore.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)

    (Arrowood Vineyards and Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Speciale Sonoma County) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/17/2011 (link) 91 points

    (Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Réserve Spéciale) Opaque red violet color; reticent, tart currant, savory, light smoke, tart black fruit, oregano nose; tart black fruit, oregano, dried plum iodine palate with a sense of salt; medium-plus finish 91+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Arrowood
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Réserve Spéciale
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma County
  • UPC Code 009385208971

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 425 (60%)
  • Consumed 284 (40%)

Food Pairing

Short Ribs

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