USA California North Coast Napa Howell Mountain
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on Apr 28, 2008
Neal Family Vineyards 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2001. This was the first year I discovered this wine and is still my favorite year and it's drinking perfectly right now, though it's got the stuffing to ride out another decade. This is a difficult to describe Cab. Someho, I just can't get my vocabulary around all the flavors. Of course all the regular great Napa cabs flavors are there-and Mark Neal sources his grapes from his own stellar family vineyards which date back to 1968-cassis, blackberries, sweet oak and caramel, fine dusky tannins, and lip-smacking tannins. This is NOT a lightweight wine. Mark's only partly tongue-in-cheek advice is "Call your friends at 2 pm and invite thm for dinner at 8. Open and decant the wine at 2pm. Then hope they never show for dinner." Ths wine needs time. Still. But the rewards are great. Classic Napa Cab for half the price. Drinks better than half the valley.
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