The awesome opaque purple-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard exhibits a fabulous nose of lead pencil, coffee, minerals, black currants, and licorice. The wine's massive richness, full body, and super-intense, concentrated fruit make for a spectacular, unctuously-textured, backward wine. As it sat in the glass, some of the mountain blueberry notes came forward. This Cabernet requires 4-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for 25-30 years ... at the minimum. (RP)
There's wonderful richness, depth, complexity and concentration to this Napa Cabernet, its layers of spicy currant, anise, blackberry, plum and light toasty oak folding together for a delicious aftertaste, firming up nicely on the finish. Has all the right ingredients. *Cellar Selection*
Full ruby-red. More brooding aromas of black cherry, shoe polish, menthol and tobacco. Then bright and fruity, with lovely depth of black cherry flavor. Quite tightly structured, even a bit medicinal today, with sound acidity. Finishes with substantial, tongue-dusting tannins and very good length. 91+ (ST)
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