1987 Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Good full medium red. Darker fruit aromas on the nose than the preceding vintages, showing black- and redcurrant, spices, mint, coffee and violet. Subtly complex and glossy in texture, conveying a savory character and classic dryness to its flavors of plum, black cherry and dried flowers. Bright, well-integrated acidity gives the wine a juicy quality. The long finish features substantial broad, dusty tannins and a repeating note of dried flowers. A lovely mature California Cabernet in a low-alcohol style: I might have identified this blind as a Bordeaux. I recall that I did not like this wine in the early going as I thought its acidity was out of whack, but today it's a beauty. (ST)
Starts out with a meaty, earthy, slightly cheesy quality, along with hints of currant, in the aroma, then unveils complex fruit flavors, with hints of cherry, plum and currant and a dash of cedar, and finishes with a tarry edge. Well balanced, quite firm and tannic. In need of further cellaring.