Halloween party. Told Gary the 1980 was Cabernet I enjoyed most so he opened this. Robust and impressive with good balance and sustaining structure. Second glass offered greater weight and richness. Only complaint is a lack of flavor complexity - eucalyptus dominated.
So initiated but totally spoiled. This, my host's favorite producer and for myself, only made aware of it because of the same. I've been dying to try one for the better part of two years but my first, being this well aged could not possibly have been anticipated...and hard to imagine, will ever be matched. Twenty-seven years old and only a slightly bricking ruby. The aromatics were sublime with that mature, herb-tinged cigar box. This wine was so well integrated with a level of freshness that I could hardly believe. And imagine all this at only 12.5 ABV. My exposure to and so appreciation of well aged, old world Napa stalwarts is growing but again, it's simply by chance that I've been so lucky. Thanks Renee for the experience and your generosity...and Happy 50th!
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(Forman Cabernet Sauvignon) Slightly bricking very dark red violet color; dried berry, tar, menthol nose; maturing, tart berry, tart cassis, menthol, tangy plum palate; should go 10 years; medium-plus finish