Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The Forman 2008 possesses a dense plushy red color. Immediately pleasurable and full blown Bordeaux varietal fruitiness in a ripeish sense captures one's attention after an initial acquaintance with the wines' aromatics. A concentration and multi-layered intrigue opens quickly after a bit of aeration. Rich tobacco with a mocha note is at the edges of a beautifully plumy and then berry fruitiness. The typical Forman licorice/violet is yet another layer deeper under the initial forward fruitiness. The aromatics seem endless in depth. Flavors too are complex and rich as the nose and color would indicate. A long chocolately-berry finish refreshed with just the right level of acidity leaves lasting impressions. This is a great sequel to the wonderful '07, perhaps its twin or better in quality with just a bit more plush. Do not miss out on this one!
"Tightly wound, firm, dense and concentrated, with a core of dark berry, plum, roasted herb, game meat, graphite, road tar and lead pencil, ending with chewy tannins. Should reward cellaring. Best from 2012 through 2022."
" Good deep ruby-red. Cool aromas of blueberry, menthol and flowers; smells delicate. Then surprisingly creamy, round and sweet in the mouth, with a faint herbal edge giving shape and verve to the redcurrant and plum fruit. Lovely pliant wine in a rather easygoing style, finishing with smooth tannins. This should be approachable young and age well on its balance."
International Wine Cellar
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Founded in 1983 and located at the base of Howell Mountain, overlooking the town of St. Helena, Forman Vineyard produces 2000 cases each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. All grapes are grown on the three estate vineyards, two on the mountain above and one on the valley floor in the Rutherford Bench appellation.
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