1997 Niebaum-Coppola "Rubicon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
*Cellar Selection* A masterpiece from this near perfect vintage. Completely ripe, classic and fresh, with oodles of red cherry and blackcurrant flavors that are generously oaked. Amazingly, the wine is still young and tannic. So beautifully structured, so smooth and polished, firm yet soft, just a gorgeous wine. Hold onto it until at least 2012, if you can.
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Mature and drying, with dried currant, anise, cedary oak and loamy sage notes that are complex and balanced, ending with fine-grained tannins. Best of two bottles.--'97 California Cabernet retrospective. (Web-2008)
Noting that their 1997 Rubicon is likely the best of the decade, winemaker Scott McLeod details, "The 1997 Rubicon is impressive at first glance. It is nearly opaque, with saturated ruby-purple color, like all Rubicons. Color this dark signals a very ripe year where the vines worked continually up to the hour of harvest, packing as much color and flavor and sugar into the grapes as possible. The aroma of the 1997 Rubicon is classic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon with the character of black cherries and violets. Though aged in 75% new French Oak barrels, the contribution of the wood is amazingly integrated and supports the fruit aromas rather than masking them. On the palate, the concentrations of the 1997 harvest are best described as a viscous, sweet black cherry flavor and a dark chocolate and rum raisin note. The lengthy finish is true to the late September harvest, which produced impressive, powerful tannins that will soften with time in the bottle." 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.