this was good but frankly i wish i had waited another 7-10 years, big fruit alongside big acid, so the grip was there, this was still primary and super young tasting, loads of potential but if you have a well stored bottle i wouldn't be afraid to wait ten years... don't know the '92 Cali vintage but was it big and great for aging like '78??
I have had good and bad bottles of this 92. This bottles was excellent. Cork was solid. Strawberry and raspberry Jam explodes upon first sip. This was absolutely dominated by red berries. Very smooth. We really enjoyed it. Wont be improving.
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!
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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