Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter - signed) 2004
The fining and careful racking has left the wine with impeccable clarity despite the lack of filtration. The color, as would be expected from a fully ripe year, is dark purple. The estate shines through in the nose—it is recognizably Forman. Indeed there is plenty of ripeness but behind the power the vineyard show unmistakably. Rich blackberry, licorice and a touch of cassis are there.That certain spice, almost herbal aroma, which so clearly defines the blend as Bordeaux is also there in the background waiting to emerge as that beautiful nuance that gives Cabernet varieties their wonderful bottle bouquet when properly harvested and aged.Flavors are very expansive, even seductive, as they draw you into a complex of fruit and texture. Lively tannins and subtle oak round out a very long and lasting finish.This is a keeper and will do gown as a Forman classic.
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The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (includes Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot in the blend) spent 20 months in barrels prior to bottling. Dark ruby/purple with a restrained but sweet nose of black currants, plums, damp earth, licorice, and white chocolate, it is an elegant, medium-bodied, opulent effort with sweet tannin and a long finish
Dusty, cedary oak joins sleek, earthy currant and berry flavors in a tight, elegant style, much like a young Bordeaux. Trim and focused, this is supported by firm tannins and ends with a hint of sage and dried berry.
One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wine. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.
Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.