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TN: 2004 Napa Valley Cabs

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TN: 2004 Napa Valley Cabs

wineglas1 | Dec 3, 2011 07:45 AM

Starter Wine from Sonoma:
2004 Robert Young Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Scion - USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley
Decanted one hour. Showing well with cherry, mineral, spice and light oak. The nose is really nice and while the palate does not match up as well it is still a very good effort. Drink now. (92 pts.)

Napa Valley Cabs

2004 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Larkmead Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley
Decanted five hours. 3 times in the Vinturi. Took for ever to open up and once it did it was a decant wine. 87 on a pop and pour. Nose of spice, forest floor, blueberries and floral notes. Medium to long finish and still firm tannins. This needs another five years in the cellar. (92 pts.)

2004 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
Decanted two hours. My wine of the night. Cassis, blueberries, floral, spice and baked pie crust on the nose and palate. A little heat once in the glass that blew off quick. Complex and multiple flavors dancing around on the palate. Long finish and medium tannins. Should age a decade and one of the best Cabs I have tasted this year. 95-97. (95 pts.)

2004 Tor Rock Kenward Family Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley
Really good after a two hour decant and two times into the Vinturi. A subtle nose of raspberries, cherry, oak and floral notes. The palate is a bit more intense with an initial burst of spices. The wine did not improve in the glass but someone who kept it til later said it came back. This is not typical Napa Cabernet but is a really interesting wine. (93 pts.)

2004 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Éloge - USA, California, Napa Valley
Wow wine! Left Bank??? Mineral, stones, tobacco, oak and spices. Complex and concentrated. A long finish and really balanced wine. One of the best 2004 Napa wines I have ever tasted. Should improve with age and decanted 3 hours. The wine never changed for the worse it just got better in the glass. 94-96. (94 pts.)

2004 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Out-of-sight-vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley
One of the best $40 wines I have ever purchased and a last year top ten. Decanted 1.5 hours. Oak, forest floor, blueberries, gravel and vanilla. The wine transformed a few times in the glass and always kept it interesting. Medium to long finish and a classic example of how prepping a wine pays off. 94+ (94 pts.)

2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select - USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
Another good showing but not my wine of the night. A little too much heat up front. Decanted six hours and three times into the Vinturi. Big nose almost Aussie like on this occasion. Floral, spices, blackberries, cherry and rose petals. Palate is complex and tons of flavor. Very long finish and powerful. Should evolve over the next 20 years. 94-96. (94 pts.)

Great tasting and fun to see how the wines evolved throughout the night. Bressler was my favorite but overall the group liked the Shafer the best.

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