Hartwell Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Absolutely gorgeous, beautifully defined fruit, with uncommon richness and purity of flavor, gushing with ripe currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit, revealing extra facets and dimensions, with a long, intricate, detailed finish. Firmly tannic, but a wealth of fruit pushes through.
A dense, rich wine with a strong herb-and-spice edge. It fans out, however, to reveal more fruit; blackberries, cassis and plums come to mind. Anise and chocolate flavors are also in evidence. Cedary edged tannins offer a fine framework in this complex wine, which should age beautifully.