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Community Tasting Notes (35) Avg Score: 90.9 points

  • I missed the first golden age of Napa since I was still gargling beer during college in the early seventies. I was fortunate though to witness the second golden era in the early nineties, before the Parker paradigm came to rule the day. In my view, not much great cabernet has been produced in Napa since the mid-nineties...

    This '92 Conn Valley Cabernet speaks to this golden era. I first tasted this wine in Gus and Phyllis's screened porch in their home on Rossi Road adjacent the vineyards. Accompanied by my friend John Thoreen, we tasted the '92 with a selection of charcuterie served by Phyllis. This bottle brought back fond memories...

    The '92 estate cabernet shows plenty of tobacco, leather and pencil. More than twenty years in the bottle, there is no sign of browning on the edges and after decanting, the wine was crystal clear and translucent with deep, garnet filling the glass. There is a noticeable absence of sweet berry fruit but the finish extends enjoyably without a longing for it. A perfect dinner accompaniment.... make sure you have another bottle on hand for seconds!

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  • Purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this wine was decanted off its sediment and aerated for two hours prior to serial sampling. Deep garnet, it has an attractive bouquet of red currants, coriander, nutmeg, cocoa and pipe tobacco. The wine's tannins are now nearly fully resolved, leaving a medium-bodied frame with medium acidity and nicely integrated alcohol (listed as 13%). The flavors mirror the nose and build on the mid-palate. Concluding with substantial length, this is an impressive, fully-mature Napa Cabernet which should hold up for another five years (or more). Drink now-2018.

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  • Dark fruit, cassis and earth flavors, well structured and nice balance. A beautiful wine. Drink now.

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  • Actually exceeded my expectations considering its age. Still nice red fruit, well integrated of course with soft tannin. Dont see anywhere this can go other than down but it was a nice drinker

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  • This bottle was much in line with the last in terms of structure and profile. Smooth and round, but somehow still a bit out of synch. Leather, tobacco, earth on the nose. Juicy + mellow tanin. Moderate finish.

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