Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
"The classic, deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004... View More
A lush Cabernet that feels soft and delicious right now, but has layers of complexity that make it a cellar candidate. Dry and oaky, the wine is enormously rich in blackberry, cassis, cocoa and cedar flavors, with considerable tannins. The wine is wonderfully balanced. Drink now through 2010, at least.
Black cherries, a bit of raspberry and creamy oak come together nicely in the concentrated aromas and dense, fairly direct flavors of this rich, and ripe-leaning wine. Fat and fleshy on entry, with a good bit of tannin firming things up at the end, the wine is a bit monochromatic at this point in time and clearly commends time in the cellar. Beneath its ripeness and sweet oak, however, there are signs of complexity to come, and while three or four years of patience will be of real help here, a half-dozen should be even more.
Bright medium red-ruby. Sexy aromas of dark berries, kirsch and cocoa powder. Sweet, plush and fruit-driven, conveying a very ripe quality to the flavors of black raspberry, kirsch, licorice and chocolate. This powerful but slightly unrefined Cabernet finishes long and a bit aggressive, with a major dusting of medicinal tannins and a lingering note of licorice.