The 1986 vintage of Forman cabernet sauvignon is a tad riper than either the ’85 or ’87, tipping the scales at 13.2 percent alcohol, and the wine perhaps has a bit more mid-palate stuffing as a result. This is a very, very good bottle of mature cabernet, wafting from the glass in a mix of cassis, dark berries, dried eucalyptus, dark soil tones, a touch of cola and a topnote of cigar wrapper. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and nicely balanced, with just a touch of backend tannin remaining, good focus and grip and a long, classy finish. A fine example of this fine vintage that has now reached its apogee, but still has plenty of life in it. (Drink between 2016-2040)
Medium red. Restrained, claret-like aromas of redcurrant, menthol and black olive. At once juicy and glossy in the mouth, showing better integration of acidity than the 1985 version. Conveys a Médoc-like harmoniousness, with its subtle red berry flavors complicated by notes of licorice and eucalyptus that Ric Forman says have been toned down in recent years, as alcohol levels have increased. A suave, easy-drinking wine with supple tannins and lovely length. (ST)
This still young, promising wine exhibits admirable extraction and richness. The dark plum color with no lightening or amber is followed by a wine displaying copious quantities of high class French oak, and gobs of black fruit, full body, and layers of ripe fruit buttressed by adequate acidity, and firm, but unobtrusive tannin. An intriguing licorice and cassis character unfolds as the wine sits in the glass. The finish is long, pure, and impressive. (RP)
Shows fragrant scents of mature dried currant, cigar box and green and black olive. Turns smooth and complex on the palate, with soft, fleshy tannins, ending with a mineral and pebble edge. (JL, Web Only-2007)
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