Bright medium ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of violet, smoke, tobacco, leather and cigar box; 'real French funk here,' says Forman. Dense, sweet and chewy; a rather broad-shouldered cabernet for Forman, with primary fruit flavors of mulberry and cranberry complicated by a cedar note. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and excellent length. From a low crop level due to a difficult flowering. Contains more cabernet franc than the 2000. (ST) 93+
Ric Forman's powerful, strong 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon (1,398 cases) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 15% Petit Verdot. After spending 21 months in barrel, it was bottled unfiltered. A classic bouquet of ripe currants readily emerges from this dense ruby/purple-colored 1999. It possesses a supple texture, sweet tannin, plenty of ripeness, beautiful purity, and a layered personality. Forman told me his goal is "Ausone," but this effort has more in common with the Ausones of the late '90s produced under Alain Vauthier than any of the emaciated, austere wines made by the previous administration. Forman's 1999 will drink well for two decades. (RP)
A dead ringer for a Bordeaux with its taut structure, firm tannins and excellent structure. Dense and concentrated, with compact earthy currant, cedar, pencil lead, mushroom and a slight cheese rind edge, all of which add up to complexity. (JL)
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