One of the most compelling Cabernet Sauvignons Nils Venge has produced (and there have been many over the last 30 years) is his 1997 Venge Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Sadly, there are only 300 cases of this 100% new oak-aged effort. Tipping the scales at 14+% alcohol, it is a super-extracted, black/purple-colored effort displaying a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis intermixed with licorice, spice box, cedar, and smoke. Huge layers of glycerin, fat, and fruit caress the palate of this formidable effort. The wine has marvelous balance for its size as well as a long, impressive finish. While there is tannin to be shed, it is still primary, so 4-6 years of cellaring is suggested. It will keep for 25-30 years! (RP)
A ripe, rich, harmonious wine, with layers of juicy currant, blackberry, anise, sage, plum and cedar, all well focused, offering depth, complexity and concentration.
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