Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2004
I’m on a Cabernet binge lately, so there will be a run of reviews on the grape coming your way.
Initially, there was almost nothing on the nose â€“ it was closed up. After letting it sit in the glass for about an hour and a half, some aromas started to eek out. Blackcurrant, black raspberry, menthol / eucalyptus, some earth. On the palate it is glassy smooth in texture, with ample black fruit and earth flavors. Tannins are medium high, acidity is medium. There is a lot going on here, too much to analyze now. Itâ€™s a young wine that at minimum needs a few hours of decanting before drinking now, but a better plan is to leave it in the cellar for a few years. A big, bold wine that reminds one of a cru Bourgeois Bordeaux, definitely Bordeaux in style with many layers hiding right now. Cellar it, and try again in 3-4 years. A good value for a wine of this complexity.
Addendum: this wine passed the “next night” test â€¦ in fact, I corked it up and drank it again five days later and it still held its character.
a-8 t-9 b-8 fc-7 v-8 ~ 90 Points