Good full ruby-red. Serious, deep aromas of black raspberry, blackcurrant and smoke; more medicinal and less floral than the 2003. Then plump and lush in the mouth, with an early voluptuousness rare for a Forman Cabernet. Very rich, pliant wine that's not at all roasted. In fact, this wine's verve suggests it will be even better with several years in the bottle. Finishes with substantial but thoroughly ripe tannins Forman inoculates his Cabernet with a yeast generically called 'cepage Cabernet' (produced by a French company in Chile ), which he describes as 'superclean' and able to ferment all the sugars and preserve pure fruit.
A classic Ric Forman Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2002 displays notes of cedarwood, sweet black cherries, black currants, and suggestions of damp earth and incense. Medium-bodied and elegant, it represents a Napa version of a hypothetical blend of a St.-Julien and St.-Emilion. The wine is close to full maturity, yet has the balance, overall composition and depth to age for another 7-10 years. (RP)
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