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Thursday, March 25, 2010

2003 Plumpjack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

I apologize for the somewhat fuzzy picture of the label. The lighting and quality of my camera phone were slightly dodgy! Anyways, I should start off by saying that I think this wine and 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa are drinking exceptional at this point in time. The 03' vintage was a tad spotty in terms of overall quality, but I think it's time to start cracking them open and tasting a few right now.

As far as how the wine was made, I was only able to come up with the barrel regimen which was 27 months in 100% new French oak Barrels. I'm not entirely sure if the wine was made from all Estate fruit, but I'm confident that at least most of the harvest was from vineyards located in the Oakville AVA.

On the nose I got beautiful aromas of black plum, dried cherries, sandlewood, kola-nut, anise, and a quite pronounced black licorice aroma.

On the palate the wine is silky smooth with fully integrated tannins, flavors of rich black currant, black cherry, tea leaf, and chocolate all combine with grace and lasting intensity to the finish.

This wine is drinking absolutely brilliantly and could easily hold up for 5-10 years, but I believe it's probably starting to peak in terms of perfect fruit-acid-tannin balance. 93 Points

 
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