I have consumed several bottles of the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill. One of the most awesome young reds I have ever tasted, it possesses a black/purple color, a seamless texture, and freakishly high levels of intensity (cassis, black and blueberries infused with espresso, chocolate, and licorice) that are flawlessly presented in a full-bodied, massive yet elegant wine. Nothing is out of balance in this explosively rich, thick, highly-extracted Cabernet. A compelling, historic Cabernet Sauvignon, it will drink well for 30-35 years. (RP)
Dark red. Very ripe aromas of cassis liqueur, redcurrant, plum, mocha and gravel. Hugely concentrated and ripe, even viscous, with powerful retention of currant fruit complicated by a sappy resiny quality and subtle salinity. For all its ripeness, this wine boasts solid acidity, not to mention substantial integrated tannins and terrific grip. Most impressive today for its explosive, slowly rising finish. When I first tasted this wine from bottle in the spring of 2000, I wrote the following: 'Critics of this wine will no doubt recommend consumption over the next several years, but this wine may go on and on like a '47 Pomerol. A monument in the making.' It's certainly going on and on. (ST)
Ripe and opulent, rich and fleshy, with lively plum and blackberry fruit that's well centered, complex and deftly balanced. Long, supple, polished finish that keeps the fruit at the center.--'97 California Cabernet retrospective. (JL, Web Only-2008)
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