2001 St. Clement Oroppas
|Vineyard:||St. Clement Vineyards|
A superb, full-throttle, St.-Emilion-like effort built in a Napa Valley style. It is full-bodied, with an inky-purple color as well as beautiful aromas of Asian spice, incense, crème de cassis, licorice, and toasty oak. This complex, ripe, rich red reveals supple tannin and an explosive, voluptuous, mid-palate and finish. This glorious 2001 can be drunk now or cellared for 12-16 years.
Wine.comThis vintage has a greater portion of Merlot and Cabernet Franc than previous blends, showing off the youthful fruit qualities without detracting from its ageability. It is a rich ruby, dense purple color and in the nose there are flavors of coconut, caramel, chocolate, and almond; almost like a Mounds candy bar. The denseness and concentration of the vintage shows in the black cherry, cassis, and rich blackberry flavors from the Cabernet Sauvignon, while the Cabernet Franc offers blueberry and violet characters. The Merlot adds a slight green tea-like character and big, intense cherry ending, making this an unusually complex wine. The sweet fruit qualities carry through with a hint of spicy, toasted flavors.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 96 (excellent)<br/><br/>Drinkability: too young, let it sit<br/>