PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Intensely rich and seamlessly balanced. Primary aromas of blackberry, plums, vanilla beans and cinnamon arise from the glass. Upon opening, this wine will delicately lace these primary aromas with those of cedar, chocolate and Asian five spice. True to our Oakville vineyard, flavors of currant, cassis, blackberry, cocoa powder and vanilla coat the palate and delight the senses. Firm, but subtle tannins.
Perhaps the finest wine yet produced at Plumpjack, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve reveals a saturated deep purple color as well as a promising nose of creme de cassis intermixed with smoke, lead pencil shavings, melted licorice, and minerals. Full-bodied and dense yet impeccably well-balanced with well-integrated tannin, good acidity, stunning ripeness and richness as well as fabulous purity, this is a powerhouse red with great balance and equilibrium. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15+. This 50+ acre vineyard, which produced some extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons under the Villa Mt. Eden moniker in the mid-seventies, is now the wine outpost of San Francisco's Getty family. The irrepressible Napa cowboy winemaker, Nils Venge, oversees production. Long barrel aging (about 30 months for the Reserve) is the rule of thumb at Plumpjack.Score: 94-96. —Robert Parker, December 2003.
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