This is a balanced red with mint and berry character. Hints of blueberries. Full body, with fine tannins and a long finish. Ripe and delicious. So fresh and gorgeous. Drink now.
The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon (2% Cabernet Franc is blended in) has filled out nicely since I first tasted it. Aromas of cedar, chocolate, spice box, and black currants are moderately intense. Medium to full-bodied, with good spice, in addition to excellent richness, symmetry, and harmony, this is an intense yet stylish Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next 16+ years. (RP)
Smooth, ripe and spicy, with a pretty array of anise, plum, cherry and strawberry tones, finishing with a focused core of flavors and firm tannins. (JL)
This fully mature wine is still a very dark crimson. The nose has evolved into something genuinely interesting, quite complex in fact. The acid sticks out from the fruit a little but it’s a very flattering wine. 17/20 points (JR)
Red-ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of cassis, cherry cough syrup, chocolate and mint. Juicy, firm and intensely flavored; a bit hot but not at all roasted. Tannins coat the teeth. As with so many '96 cabernets, I get an impression of somewhat uneven ripening. But this is built to age.
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