2003 Premium Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Young Ridge Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
Have you ever tasted a lovingly stored and perfectly aged 15 year old Napa Cabernet? Today’s winery did all of the aging for you, resulting in a wine that might just be at its perfect peak at the moment. We’re super excited to offer you this fantastic Library Selection. This wine has a ton of life left in it. Just one look at the wine reveals gleaming ruby and garnet hues that are associated with youthful wines - and not the brownish hues that can come with longer maturity. But how does it taste? Just brilliant and oh, so fruit-forward and elegant.
Whenever we’re offered an aged library wine, we always agree to at least taste them. Most of the time we reject wines that are older than 20 years old, but sometimes even those impress us. Today’s spry, delicious 15-year-old is one impressive wine - with plenty of life left in it! This perfectly stored wine is actually pretty amazing. This Young Ridge 2003 Premium Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon really drinks like a younger wine.
Given its age, the wine is remarkable in the glass - Garnet at the center, bright ruby at the meniscus - No brown at the edges at all. Absolutely incredible on the nose, with scents only found on a wine that’s been properly aged. Notes include currant, cassis, cedar, anise, straw, sandalwood, and cacao. Wow! Crazy amount of fruit left on this with currant, cherry, and plum compote with ample amounts of tobacco, leather, and cigar box with a touch of cardamom. Just delicious. There’s no shortcut for aging when it comes to honing tannin until it is silky smooth. Young Ridge has done the aging for us here, and we reap the reward with an incredibly soft and complex drinking experience. A properly aged wine is well paired with a properly aged steak – just don’t eat one from 2003.
Winemaker Julianna Beckmann Gosling started her winemaking career as an intern at Robert Mondavi Winery, and after graduating from the University of California at Davis, she worked at both Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards. Today Julianna oversees all aspects of the winemaking process, shepherding the wines through from vineyard to bottle.
Garnet at the center, bright ruby at the meniscus - No brown at the edges at all.
Currant, cassis, cedar, anise, straw, sandalwood, and cacao. Wow!
Currant, cherry, plum compote, tobacco, leather, cigar box, cardamom. Just delicious.
Young Ridge has done the aging for us here, and we reap the reward with an incredibly soft and complex drinking experience.
See if you can find a nice dry-aged steak – just don’t eat one from 2003!
What the Winery Says
- Julianna Beckmann Gosling
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Napa Valley
- Young Ridge Estate Vineyard