Tasting of 3 Forman Cabernet Sauvignons. Nose of green bell pepper, smoke, plum, black cherry fruit, more of the same on the palate, like a Chateau Pichon Lalande, almost elegant, more complexity but less power than its peers tonight, medium body, long, herbal finish. My #2.
Mike Grammer Comes to Town - KS version (Ripple Restaurant in DC): Jammy black fruits but also strong presence of green bell pepper, ash and smoke, lead pencil, dry leather, a hint of licorice and cedar. Good concentration, dry dark fruit driven palate impression, noticeable green, dust, a hint of dry tannins and bitter finish. The nose is better than the palate. Should go well with a piece of charred steak.
Acquired on release, Ricks famous short cork holding up OK, less than 50% stained with wine Dark ruby red, no brown at the edges. complex herbal cranberry fruit nose, added anise, it faded as time in the glass -over all think of a 70 or 86 St Julien/St Estephe. Beautiful amalgam of Calif fruit and Bordeaux structure. A Bulls eye for Rick's vision of what Napa can do. Please, don't look for this- you won't like it!
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(Forman Cabernet Sauvignon) Very dark red violet color; lifted, mature, tart black currant, smoke nose; tart black currant, tobacco, menthol, green olive, pencil lead palate with structure and medium acidity; medium-plus finish (12.5% alcohol) 92+ points
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