2004 Ghost Block "Estate" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
A gorgeous, youthful wine, exhibiting jazzy mocha-scented oak and rich dark berry, black licorice, anise and cedar notes. Fills out on the palate and ends with a burst of rich fruit and firm, ripe, chewy tannins.—2004 California Cabernet blind retrospective (August 2014). Drink now through 2024. (JL, Web-2014)
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Produced by the Pelissa family, proprietors of Napa Wine Co. and grape growers in Napa Valley for three generations, Ghost Block is a selection from the company's 600 acres of vines, all of which are organically grown. This emphasizes freshness rather than hyperripeness, with cool scents of forest floor and wild-blueberry flavor. The greenness in the wine grows subtler with air as the satin texture develops. The tannins have a flinty edge and add to the quirky, complex personality of the wine. Cellar time should build on its distinctive character.
This is an enormously ripe, sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. It has all the hallmarks of the modern cult style, from focused blackberry, cassis and spicy chocolate flavors and profoundly ripe, sweet tannins to the balancing acidity and oak elaboration that adds that extra touch of richness. This elegant wine is at its best now and for five years.
If a touch dry-smelling at first pass, the nose opens up with airing to reveal ripe black cherry scents, hints of cassis and background notes of oak and herbs. Full in body and slightly fleshy in feel on the palate, the wine is open and somewhat juicy with a smooth underbelly that is very reminiscent of Merlot. Cabernet-like tannin shows up in the finish, however, and invites a short to medium stay in the wine cellar.
This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 100% organic, too. It offers a powerful, in-your-face nose of black cherries, while the palate envelopes your mouth with ripe fruit, firm structure and fully integrated tannins. Small production ensures that this wine will stay off most people's radar. This Cab is a serious value, though, and will vanish like a phantom before long.