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1997 Del Dotto Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #301283 93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark (13.5% alcohol): Good dark red. A sexy note of claret funk complicates aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, coffee, mocha, brown spices and flowers. Silky on entry, then firm acidity gives lift and shape to the wine's pure dark berry and spice flavors, with a floral element contributing even more verve. With its harmonious spine of acidity and firm dusting of tannins, this wine seems to be at the front end of its peak drinking plane. Finishes juicy and long. Nothing heavy or overdone about this. I was not yet tasting the Del Dotto wines in the late '90s, so this impeccably made Cabernet was a revelation to me. (ST) Inner quote mark (9/2017)

K&L Notes

100% Estate grown, the 1997 Del Dotto Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with estate grown Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The wine is aged in primarily French oak (various coopers) and at least half are new barrels. The 1997 Del Dotto is an extraordinary vintage that has produced abundant wine with excellent depth of fruit and superior balance.

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