Sunday, April 8, 2007

Rating: *** 1994 Liberty School Coastal Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles CA

Review: This is an archeological review... I just unearthed one more bottle of this Central Coast cabernet sauvignon from a deep corner of the cellar. No way was this designed for 13 years of aging, with it's round style and mild tannins. But let's see what has happened to it...

The color is as might be expected - deep, dark red in the middle running to brick and orange at the sides of the glass. The aroma is one of pretty stong oxidation coming through red, round fruit. On the palate, though, there is still gusto left. A full, deep, velvet middle wraps around some very clean acids to an even finish. All sorts of cherry fruit are still lingering in the middle.
I must admit to being surprised that this remains a pleasant, chewy, fruity wine at this stage.

If you have a Liberty School cabernet sauvignon this old, I wouldn't recommend waiting even another month to drink it. But drink it and you will still enjoy it.

So, at least this archeological dig worked out better than Geraldo's episode with Al Capone's vault.

Updated notes from November, 2007: Wow. This still hangs in there. Nose of carmel and light chocolate, oxidizes pretty rapidly with airing. Round, sweet cherry middle, good length with medium tannins and pleasant acids.

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