Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
"The color, nose and flavors of this wine benefit from Black Cougar's 1,300-foot elevation. Struggling to grown on steep terrain, the grapes developed a deep crimson color and earthy nose. The mountain fruit exudes notes of cedar and pine on the nose which are then enhanced by blackberry and other dark fruit flavors on the palate. Complex tannins are unmistakable, and lend to a long finish." - Graham Weerts, Winemaker Appellation Alexander Valley Varietals 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Oak 12-14 months in 100% new French oak barrels Alcohol 14.2% Production 166 Cases
This was my last bottle of 99 Black Cougar Cab and it is still there. Decanted it for 2 hours before meal and it opened up and softened. Still a lot of leather and spice in the nose. The tannin was softened by decanting but it was still loaded with flavor. Lots of spice and black fruit and a nice long finish.
This cab is a lot bigger than I expected. It was still full of tannin and a lot of spice (probably due to 100% new french oak). I guess I could have held on to this another 5 years. Paired very well with the Prime Rib I had (yeah, I know, real stretch). Only probelm, it had a lot more sediment than I expected. That is probably more to do with my storage than the actual wine. I do have one more bottle so I'll update after I have it.
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