Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot The 2004 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is a luxurious wine that captivates the eye with hues of deep blue and purple. Vivid aromas unfold with layers of blueberry, blackberry and black currant, complemented by hints of cocoa, vanilla, spice, cedar and exotic black tea. The big, juicy structure frames rich, generous flavors. Powerful and mouthfilling yet tightly knit, this youthful beauty will blossom with age. "A classy wine that'...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines15% Cabernet Franc; 5% Petit Verdot. Complex and invitingly rich aromas of currants, ripe cherries, baked caramel and forest floor notes give this young wine plenty of interest, and the deep and inviting flavors give up nothing for their part. Supple at the first and rich at the back despite an abundant supply of youthful tannin and a tendency towards dark chocolate in the aftertaste, the wine is further evidence that the very ripe 2004 Cabernets are a hedonistically pleasing lot.
International Wine CellarRuby-red. Pure but tight aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, minerals and graphite. Sweet, dense and rich, with enticing flavors of dark berries, licorice and chocolatey oak. This and the Stags Leap bottling are aged in 50% to 75% new oak, while the Napa release gets just 25%. This struck me as a sweeter, longer, more concentrated version of the Napa Valley release.
Wine AdvocateRating: 89/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06