Lot 15 | 2003 Napa Valley
Absolutely classic Napa Cabernet from the classic Cabernet district of Rutherford.
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Absolutely classic Napa Cabernet from the classic Cabernet district of Rutherford, with a dash of Oakville and Pope Valley fruit as well. Intense cassis, cherries, chocolate, and raspberries on the nose. In the mouth, deeply structured cassis, blackberry, and cocoa flavors are fleshy, ripe, and complex. Despite having spent 28 months in new and used oak, the long, smooth finish is still firm and just beginning to flesh out (even though this is mainly due to bottle shock at this point). However, I am confident this Cab will easily score in the low 90s—in fact, is already has from one wine blogger who gave it 92 points—with just a wee bit of decanting (OK—a couple of hours).
- Napa Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon 95%, Cabernet Franc 5%
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
What more to say—it's Rutherford Cabernet! The good news for us is that '03 Cabs have not received the same attention as the '01s and '02s, creating some great values to be had in the bulk market. The wines simply took more time to really come out to play, as evidenced by the 28 months the major components of this wine spent in barrel. All in all, the components in this bottle range in price under their respective labels anywhere from $32 to $45 a bottle. It will be our first wine to break the $10 barrier in Costco, but it's well worth it!