Deep, dark reddish-purple garnet in color with ever so slight clearing at the edges. Forward, attractive & fragrant nose of complex, dark ripe fruit aromas of cherries, blackberries & currants with classic cigar box overtones of cedar & aged tobacco, leather, herbal notes, some bell pepper notes, anise, earthy, dusty, dark cocoa, minerals and a touch of vanilla in the background. Medium-full bodied with a very good concentration of balanced, still developing, silky smooth textured, complex, plush & seamless, ripe dark fruit flavors of dark cherries, blackberries & cassis with dark cocoa, herbs, minerals, earthy, spices, toasty oak & vanilla in the background. Long lingering elegant finish. Drinks quite well at present with decanting and airing but should continue to develop further with additional aging. A lovely California Cabernet which resembles a Bordeaux in style & structure.
Back in the day, Rick Forman got very little respect from the wine press. His wines were tight & lean upon release but damn if this one didn't age beautifully. Tasted like a mature Bordeaux to me. Lovely.
4th Saturday group "uptown" tasting (Rick & Cris'): The gentleman who brought the La Jota had brought this along for dinner but decided to bag it and put it in the blind tasting instead. Popped & poured, this showed beautifully right out of the gate. Aromas of tobacco, black fruit, currants, earth and just a bit of barnyard funk too. Giddy up! Medium-bodied and nicely integrated, this is in a wonderful place right now. A mélange of red and dark fruit, forest floor, tobacco and violets with cedar and red fruit tones on the finish. Balanced across the palate with a lingering finish. Spectacular. Guessed CA cab from an "old world" style producer. 94-95 pts.
Nose: The nose is quintessential aged California Cabernet with bell peppers, dark red cherries, cedar, spice, leather, and some dark red fruits. There is excellent balance and depth to it with a seamless quality to the tones as well.
Taste: Full bodied with medium acidity and good supporting tannins. The feel is silky with balanced tones of bell peppers, dark red cherries, cedar, leather, spice tones, and a tasty touch of mint on the back end.
Overall: This took a slight bit to fully rev up. Once it did, we had a beautiful aged California Cab that is in a great drinking window right now.
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