2003 Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1021934 95 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2003 vintage for Ric Forman is one of the cooler in his fine lineup of cabernet sauvignon from the first decade of this century, as the wine comes in at 14.4 percent alcohol. The bouquet is deep, pure and very precise, wafting from the glass in a superb blend of dark berries, black currant, Cuban cigar wrapper, gravelly soil, a nice touch of eucalyptus, lead pencil and a gentle topnote of currant leaf. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, very complex and flawlessly balanced, with lovely mid-palate depth, excellent focus and grip and a long, complex, softly tannic and very refined finish. The slightly lower octane here translates to laser-like focus and lovely vibrancy on the backend. This is my favorite vintage of Ric Forman’s cabernet in the last fifteen years! Great juice. (Drink between 2018-2050) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark (14.4% alcohol): Deep, bright dark red. Black fruits, licorice, minerals, violet and chocolate on the nose, plus a suggestion of menthol. Plush, sweet and spicy but also slightly medicinal and saline, showing hints of Vitamin B and oyster shell. I find that the components are not yet in total sync. Soft acidity and refined tannins give this wine good shape and carry the finish. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

90 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is uncommonly approachable. Its dark ruby color is accompanied by sweet aromas of plums, black cherries, and currants. With soft, silky tannin, medium body, and a Bordeaux-like weight, this Cabernet was clearly inspired by Bordeaux clarets. Drink it over the next 7-10 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2005)

Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Once past a fleeting note of earth in the nose, this firmly built, medium-full-bodied youngster shows off a good bit of curranty fruit with supportive oak and subtle highlights of mint. It steers comfortably clear of excess, be it ripeness, tannin or heat, and its impressions of trim balance and overall integration make it approachable now while at the same time suggesting that it will age gracefully for several years. *One star* Inner quote mark (8/2006)

K&L Notes

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.

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