2002 Plumpjack Estate Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is an amazingly rich, full-throttle effort boasting notes of blackberries, creme de cassis, acacia flowers, graphite and wood smoke. This massive effort tastes more like a mountain-styled Cabernet Sauvignon than one from the Oakville valley floor. (RP)
Drinking exceptionally well, gaining with time. Mature, with a mix of fresh green olive, ripe plum and currant, dried herb, fresh earth and savory berry and espresso notes. Gains on the long finish. (JL, Web-2012)
Not in the same ripeness league as the ’01, but still an enormously attractive wine. It’s just a bit leaner, but perhaps more structured. Shows blackberry, currant, coffee, oak and herb flavors and some fairly big tannins. Nice now, but should hold and improve through 2010.
The 2002 represents the 8th release from Plumpjack's estate vineyard. Harvest was intense. A full 13 passes were taken through the vineyard to ensure each block, row, vine and grape was harvested at its optimal maturity. The '02 PlumpJack Cabernet could quite possibly be the most hedonistic estate Cabernet Sauvignon this estate has ever released. Pungent aromas of black cherry, plums, currants and roast coffee intermingle with secondary aromas of baker's chocolate, melted licorice and blackberries. On the palate this wine exudes flavors of ripe plum, chocolate and cedar with hints of provincial herbs. The finish is long with a sweetness that coats the mouth.