Wednesday, January 22, 2014

1997 Terra Valentine cabernet sauvignon

Appellation, Napa valley, Spring Mountain district, Wurtele vineyard.

Decanting this was a mistake. Roughed up the wine and made it sour; aroma like body odor, taste all acidity (though cabernets are acidic).

Poured straight into glass, much better --
still youthful mulberry color,
fascinating, faintly prune-like -- lush and meaty smell and taste
tannins and acids cool and silky

Kevin Zraly, Windows on the World: fine California cabs can age 15 years or more, esp. from a great harvest, which '97 was ("don't drink for 5 years, age ten more after that"). So just about right on target ....

Terra Valentine

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