The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon tastes almost like it was made yesterday, such is its freshness. Pliant, explosive and racy, the 1997 bursts on the palate with waves of dark red fruit. The flavors remain pretty primary, so readers who want the full Mayacamas experience will have to give the 1997 further bottle age. That is the bad news. The good news is that the 1997 is a truly special wine that will thrill readers for the next two-plus decades. (AG) 96+
The 1997 Mayacamas Cabernet is a very classically styled and promising bottle in the making, with the depth, nascent complexity and impressive structural elements that have long defined this great property. In this vintage the Travers family has fashioned their flagship bottling from a blend of eighty-eight percent Cabernet Sauvignon, ten percent Cabernet Franc and two percent Merlot. The bouquet on the 1997 is deep and classic, as it offers up a still adolescent mélange of black cherries, cassis, tarry tones, woodsmoke and a lovely base of mountain soil. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and very sweet at the core, with bright acids, plenty of ripe tannin, and lovely length and grip on the still fairly primary, but palate staining finish. While this wine is certainly drinkable today with some extended aeration, I would opt for giving it at least another decade of bottle age to really allow it to blossom. Excellent potential. (Drink between 2017-2050)
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