1992 Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
*Top 100 Wines of 1995 and a Cellar Selection* An intense wine that weaves together a pretty array of ripe cherry, currant and spicy oak flavors, and adds a trim of earthy character. Very well focused, young and vibrant, but needs at least until 1999.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It seems like yesterday that Ric Forman began his career, yet he is now one of California's veteran wine-makers. From his early days (nearly 20 years ago) at Sterling he has built an impressive resume. The proprietor of beautiful vineyards tucked high in the hills between the Silverado Trail and Conn Valley, he has launched a new wine, a Merlot from a vineyard called Thorvilos, that he developed along with the well-known viticulturist, David Abreu. The 1995, which had just finished malolactic fermentation, blew me away, but the wine will not be in the marketplace for several years. The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon is beginning to shut down and reveal more tannin. Some of the baby fat and thickness have taken a back seat to the wine's more structured aspects. Rich and full-bodied, it is less flattering and showy than when I first tasted it. It possesses outstanding concentration, as well as the potential for 20+ years of evolution. (RP)
Good bright, full red. Less fruity on the nose than the 1991 or 1990, with a black cherry note complicated by licorice, menthol, pepper and shoe polish. Plummy and savory in the mouth but a bit simple and not nearly as interesting as the outstanding 1991. Finishes classically dry and savory, but the substantial, slightly drying tannins cut off the wine's fruit. I'd drink this soon. (ST)
Ric Forman is one of the living legends of California winemaking, with a history at Sterling, Newton, Duckhorn, Abreu and of course Forman Vineyards. There are few other winemakers who can claim such influence in the very formation of the wine industry in Napa.