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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars - Cabernet Sauvignon SLV
My last bottle of anything 1999 from this winery, and that sucks! Color: A deep red robe of garnet, a vibrant claret! Nose: The youthful color deceives the taster as the nose is definitely mature with leather, cigar wrapper, but there are ripe currants and black cherry, loamy earth. Palate: The attack is immediate, and expands over the mid palate and persists easily to the finish, a classic Napa claret, not a monster cab. Oak is just about nowhere to be found, as the currants and cherry take center stage on the palate, with classic Stag's Leap silky tannin, good acidity too. I wish more wines were made this way in Napa these days...subtle, yet powerful in expression.
One of my favorite Medoc wines, a superb value from Bordeaux, Cantemerle brings it in spades! Outstanding value, superb for the vintage, Cantemerle shows classicism, elegance, depth and purity. The color is a perfect Claret red core with red edges. The nose is currants, cassis, earth, subtle toasted oak, with coffee bean. A sappy palate zips to life with bright red cherry, currants, lighter notes of chocolate, and tobacco. A well balanced, exquisite wine for the $ ($27 to be exact). Medium to full bodied this carries great acidity, fine tannins and a clean, fresh finish.
Barnett - Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill Estate
In the perfect drinking window right now. For a ripe vintage this wine is impeccably balanced. The elevation must have helped keep the ripening in check. The color was a youthful dark red core with red edges. The nose was bing cherry, plum, blackberry, and loam. The palate was full bodied, concentrated but light on its feet. Bing cherry, cassis, and plum took center stage on the palate as mocha flavors weave in with the perfectly integrated tannin. The flavors unfurled immediately from the attack, a huge mid-palate through to a long, persistent finish.
Gaja - Langhe Sito Moresco
About a third each of Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The color is a beautiful dark red with ruby edges. The Nebbiolo dominates the nose with its telltale rose and tar notes. You also get plum and bing cherry from the cab and merlot. The palate is medium to full bodied with good acidity and fine to medium tannin structure. Nicely done, I think its in its prime drinking window.