St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Oroppas 1998
Winemaker’s Comments With an inky purple hue, this Meritage blend offers aromas of ripe black plum, blackberry and violets on the nose. Saturated fruit flavors of plum, black cherry and berry mingle with nutmeg and mocha, as hints of forest and wintergreen tease the senses. The presentation of lovely ripe, unctuous fruit continues throughout a long finish of black cherry, spices and toasted oak. Varietal Contenet: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc
Nice dark clear purple. Blackberry aromas, some slight oak. Nice tip-of-the-tongue fruit flavors, that then spread across the palate. Not as full-bodied a wine as I might have suspect, but, certainly, no wimp. Very mellow tannins--fairly smooth wine. While I think this is a very good wine, I think some air and a some warmth (I just pulled it out of the cellar) will provide some improvement. $45 at the winery in St. Helena in 2001.