2004 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Sloan’s spectacular inky/purple/garnet color is followed by notes of high quality espresso roast, chocolate, black currants, truffles and a striking minerality. Full-bodied and super-rich with that roasted character that one finds in Cote Rotie and some of the great Haut-Brions from Pessac-Leognan, this full-bodied, rich 2004 is a super-star of the vintage. Although the tannins are elevated, they are extremely sweet and well-integrated. This spectacular 2004 is performing even better now than it did following bottling. It is also one of the more developed and evolved vintages of Sloan, no doubt because that was the nature of the 2004 vintage. Drink it now and over the next two decades. Anticipated maturity 2014-2034. (RP)
Dark, rich and concentrated, with great structure, depth and complexity, offering tiers of spicy currant, blackberry, sage, herb and pleasant mineral notes. The tannins are firm as well, giving this an excellent framework. Best from 2009 through 2022.
Saturated dark ruby. Musky cassis, black cherry, rust and mocha on the deeply pitched nose, along with a touch of inky reduction. Large-scaled, ripe and a bit youthfully aggressive; seems somewhat monolithic today. Needs a bit more energy, but has plenty of tannic support for continued evolution in bottle. (ST)