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1997 Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon Hommage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

USA California North Coast Napa

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Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon Hommage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
Wow, a 1997 That Exceeded Expectations
Rennie G.
Rennie G.

Rated  on Aug 03, 2008

i've been a fan of clos pegase wines for a long time.  particularly their "hommage" series of cabernets.  i've collected them since 1988.  they've always been absolutely marvelous.  so, last night i was shopping in the wine room and my eyes beheld a bottle of the 97.  i picked up the bottle with some skepticism because of all the negative press that the vintage had received over the past couple of years.  WTF i thought, i think i'll check it out.  so, i took the bottle inside and opened it and sniffed at the bottle edge.  no evident flaws or mustiness emanating from the bottle itself.  so, i got my favourite riedel stem and poured a taste.  WOW and blow me down, this wine was amazing.  a dark ruby red colour with a incredibly frooty nose that talked about cassis, black cherry and raspberries.  as i gave it an adventurous sip, the aromas translated seamlessly into flavours on my palate and much to my surprise, there were unctious tannins that left the flavours lingering seemingly forever...

Five Rennies outta Five on this beauty.  and i have another bottle to boot!!




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Score: 93 points
Drink by: Now to 2 years
Sampled 4/5/06. This ruby wine has a beautiful nose of sweet blackberries, cassis, some Oak and a little alcohol. On the palate the wine is silk and velvet smooth with blackberries, cassis, pencil lead, sweet Oak and a 10 second fading slightly sour black cherry and alcohol finish. A very good wine that is not throwing off a lot of sediment but definitely feels like it is getting near its end. I`d suggest consuming in the next couple years because it won`t get better at this point.
Posted by mxpbuy on April 6, 2008
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One of Clos Pegase's Best Ever
Score: 94 points
Drink by: Now to 2 years
Sampled 6/17/05. I had this wine two years and it was wonderful then but was throwing off about a teaspoon of sediment at that time. My fear was that it might be aging too quickly. The amount of sediment has not changed over the past two years, but some aging has occurred. Although still a deep purple (not ink) color with a rich black fruit, Oak, and Sage nose, the fruit does start to hollow out a bit past mid palate. However, the slight drop off in intensity of black fruits has revealed more sage, mineral, spices and earthtones than was evident a couple years ago. I feel like the perfect time to drink this wine was last year. Drink now and enjoy.
Posted by mxpbuy on June 20, 2005
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