2010 Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with an exotic, beguiling melange of violets, cassis, spices and menthol. Layers of fruit supported by vivid, beautifully articulated tannins cover every inch of the palate. Rich and powerful, the 2010 never abandons its classic sense of structure. Today, the 2010 is a bit compact, but time should prove to be very beneficial in releasing the wine’s true potential. There is absolutely nothing out of place in this majestic Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are virtually imperceptible, as is the new oak. The long growing season produced a wine that is among the finest of the vintage. This is an unforgettable wine from Ric Forman. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035. (AG)
Forman’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon? has become much more refined over the last few years. Initially a virtually impenetrable brute, the 2010 now shows gorgeous layers of aromatic nuance that have taken some time to develop. Crushed rose petals, mint, herbs and red stone fruits open up effortlessly in the glass. There is no shortage of depth or tannin, but the 2010 appears to now be headed in the direction of finesse, whereas when it was young it was a real powerhouse. This is a stellar showing from Ric Forman. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated medium ruby. Aromas and flavors of black plum, black raspberry, cassis, coffee and licorice, plus a sexy suggestion of white peach and a complicating herbal nuance. Fine-grained, classy and seamless, with compelling sweetness perfectly buffered by bright acidity. Wonderfully spicy, sharply delineated Cabernet with outstanding inner-mouth energy. Best today on the ripely tannic, extremely long finish, which builds subtly and inexorably and leaves the mouth refreshed. Ric Forman told me that the fruit in 2010 was "massively ripe, without a single raisin." Another beauty from this outstanding vintage, and built for a long life in bottle.
Pure and direct, this rich, potent mix of red and black fruit offers touches of currant, spice, dried herb, tobacco leaf, black licorice and cedar, ending with a pleasing road tar and loamy earth aftertaste, and tannins that caress and grip. (JL)