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Top 13 Cabernet Wine Tasting Vintages

Posted by keenanwinery, Dec 2.

What a difference a vintage makes. I just participated in an unusual three-vintage blind Cabernet wine tasting set up by the Napa Valley Vintners as part of their Premiere Napa Valley promotional event and auction.

The years were 2002, 2003 and 2004, from 12 representative wineries up and down the valley. To me it confirmed that 2003 is an excellent vintage with its own personality, while 2002 and 2004 are stylistically similar to each other, deeper, fatter and more massive than 2003, which has classic Napa Cabernet aromas, pretty fruit flavors and great balance. You pick which style you like, and buy them while they last.

Winemakers around Napa have been quietly griping since James Laube of Wine Spectator gave the 2003 mediocre marks last fall, and advised people generally not to buy the vintage, especially since the prices had not dropped from 2002. He maintained that 2003 counts as the third off vintage in the six years from 1998 to 2003, making it a bad run in general.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 2.

That sounds like a very nice vertical tasting event.  I assume you were tasting the same wine over the three years from each winery?

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Reply by dmcker, Dec 2.

Yeah, we need a *lot* more detail on what the wines were, how the tasting was conducted and how the wines tasted for this to be confirmably useful info....

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Reply by rckr1951, Dec 2.

Isn't this from that Micheal fellow from Keenan?  Good luck hearing from them again.

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Reply by dmcker, Dec 2.

Yup.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 5.

Well shit.  I was hoping to make a new friend. 

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Reply by rckr1951, Dec 6.

LOL


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