1996 Oakford "Estate" Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #902186

92 points The Wine Spectator: ".A very seductive wine. Rich in flavor, finesse and polish, with ripe, juicy plum, blackberry, cherry, tar, tea, spice and pretty toasty oak. Not overdone, but complex and elegant, with fine, detailed tannins." (08/1999) 92 points The Wine Enthusiast: "Has the usual mid-Napa aromas of cassis, smoke and oak. Flavors are similar, ripe and fruity, verging on jammy. But the tannins are ultrasoft and creamy, yet complex and lacy. Provides sheer pleasure now or you can age it." (12/1999) 90 points Stephen Tanzer: "Pungent, highly aromatic nose of dark berries, cracked pepper, dark chocolate, shoe polish and oak spice; ripe, complex and slightly briary...A strong showing." (May/June 1999) K&L's notes - Awesome. This is a large-scaled, muscular, powerful wine that still manages to possess up-front accessibility and charm. It needs 4-6 years of cellaring and will last 15-20 years no problem. The fact that this winery is right next to Harlan Estate, Heitz, Far Niente, and Paradigm should tell you that it's right in the middle of some serious real estate. Robert Parker: "...this dark ruby/purple-colored 1996 exhibits blackberry, cassis, and loamy soil scents in the moderately-endowed bouquet. The tannin level is high, and the wine slightly austere, but rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated. It will require patience from prospective purchasers. It exhibits good ripeness, admirable purity, and a long finish." (08/1999)

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