The 2004 vintage of cabernet sauvignon from Ric Forman is a touch riper than the stunning 2003 version, coming in at 14.6 percent octane, but the wine is beautifully balanced and starting to really get complex and drink well at age fourteen. The bouquet today is fabulously complex, offering up scents of sweet dark berries, cigar wrapper, an exotic touch of spiced meats, eucalyptus, dark soil tones, gentle smokiness and a very discreet touch of cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very transparent in profile, with a fine core, excellent focus and grip, melting tannins, good acids and fine length and grip on the very complex finish. Perhaps there is just a whisper of heat on the backend, but hardly something that detracts from the beautiful complexity of this vintage of Forman cabernet! (Drink between 2018-2055)
(14.6% alcohol): Good full, bright deep red. Sweet aromas of smoke, mocha, graphite, licorice and violet, with a sexy element of yellow flowers emerging with air. Plush, seamless and silky-sweet but still quite young, showing a restrained sweetness to its flavors of pepper, chocolate and dried flowers. Finishes with dusty, sweet, perfectly integrated tannins and lovely slow-building length. Superb, and destined for a long life in bottle. (ST)
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (includes Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot in the blend) spent 20 months in barrels prior to bottling. Dark ruby/purple with a restrained but sweet nose of black currants, plums, damp earth, licorice, and white chocolate, it is an elegant, medium-bodied, opulent effort with sweet tannin and a long finish. This is a strong vintage for Forman’s Cabernet, and it should age nicely for 15 or more years. (RP)
Dusty, cedary oak joins sleek, earthy currant and berry flavors in a tight, elegant style, much like a young Bordeaux. Trim and focused, this is supported by firm tannins and ends with a hint of sage and dried berry. (JL)
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