2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
The Dream Team
Before we ever tasted today’s extraordinary wine, we knew that we were in for a real treat. Today’s perfectly aged 2002 Sempre Vive Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine had all of the right ingredients; This wine was born of 37 year old Napa Valley vines, from a vineyard that neighbors some of the most prestigious in the AVA, grown by one of the most sought-after vineyard managers and made by one of the wine trade’s most talented winemakers. The result is an extraordinary treat.
A little shy, at first, this wine really opens up after some swirling or decanting. Our tasting panel really enjoyed seeing how the wine progressed, right in the glass as we swirled and sipped our way through this elegant, flavorful wine. Complex and delicious, the wine surprised us by delivering more fruit than we would have expected from an ‘aged cabernet’. In our estimation, this wine actually has plenty of life left in it. In fact, we can’t wait to see how it progresses, after we lay a few bottles down for another decade.
At today’s price, this is one wine that really encourage you to stock up on.
Dark and dense with deep burgundy hues at the darker core of the wine. At the edge of the glass, a wide ring of pure ruby catches the light. The wine shows a tight and springy surface that settles quickly when swirled. When it settles, the wine leaves behind wide, wine-stained tears that march steadily down the glass.
Integrated and medium intensity with tart, black fruit of plum, young blackberry and black cherry, layered over tobacco, leather, spice and earthy dried herbs.
Ripe, rich and tart-sweet with black currant, black cherry, plum, blackberry, sweet spice, earthy minerals and dusty cocoa powder. As the wine opens up (keep swirling and witness an elegant transformation) it reveals graphite, softly toasty oak and a hint of olive wood.
Long and ripe with a remarkable amount of dark fruit that lingers on and on. As fruits fade, sweet oak, leather and sweetwoods persist for a very long time.