Attention to detail shows in the intensity of the currant and cassis flavors, the elaborately crafted tannins, and the vibrant edge of acidity. It's not an ager, but is as good a representative of 2000 Napa Cabernet as you'll find. *Cellar Selection*
A new, elegant, yet heavy bottle (obviously designed to encourage lower back pain) was introduced with the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard. Aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels, it exhibits a dense purple color along with a sweet nose of smoke, blueberries, blackberries, and cassis. Firmly tannic, rich, and medium to full-bodied, with a slight narrowing at the finish, this is an outstanding effort in a difficult vintage. It requires 1-2 more years of cellaring, and should keep for 12-15. (RP)
Saturated bright ruby. Superripe aromas of roasted currant, black raspberry, dark chocolate, violet and musky coffee. Sweet on entry, then a bit clenched in the middle. This wine seemed quite large-scaled in barrel, but today I can't find the same breadth or depth. Showing a slight edge of acidity. Finishes with big, cheekcoating tannins. (ST)
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