1997 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Réserve Spéciale

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Community Tasting Notes 47

  • 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.

  • mxpbuy Likes this wine: (94 points)

    March 22, 2014 - From Magnum. It needed 30 minutes in the decanter. Great overripe black and some blue fruits, hints of spice, tar and hard leather with modest sweet Oak. Long finish

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  • joshabramson Likes this wine: (93 points)

    November 3, 2013 - Nicely aged napa cab, yet a bit more youthful on the finish than I expected. Needs a little bit of time to open up, but very nice fruit concentration. After an hour in the glass this was really great!

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  • europat55 wrote: (91 points)

    November 1, 2013 - Platinum Tasting - '94 & '97 California Cabs (Tasted Blind) (Andre's House): Nose is dense, but still a little green (B++). Very rich palate (B++/A-). Needs time.
    My #4, Group's #2 (39 pts). Tasted blind.

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, 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 407 (62%)
  • Consumed 245 (38%)

Food Pairing

Short Ribs

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