Monday, July 19, 2010

**** $ Bridgman Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, Yakima Valley, WA - Wine Review and Rating (BEST VALUE)

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Original Review, October, 2009:

By way of background: Part of the Barclay's Wine Experience introductory club deal, the Bridgman Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, from Yakima Valley, Washington, is a blend of 77% cabernet sauvignon, 13% merlot, and the balance a mix of malbec, syrah and cabernet franc. It comes in at a modest 13.1% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep muddy red, move to opaque within an inch of the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Rich, supple, deep, husky black currant aroma. Solid, not bold. Seems rich and sweet.

On the palate: Delivers just as suggested by the nose - a full, mid-round, dense, somewhat toasty experience. Dense fruit jam touches all reaches of the tongue and mouth, lifted by a coated sweetness and light acids and tannins. Definite cherry syrup element, though not sweet. Also it shows just the slightest touch of old world funk. Doesn't seem to want any age, but ready to drink now.

And the finish: Fades directly, but lingers with a very slow burn for some time after.

In summary: Solid, husky, bold, deep experience. Thick layers - too bold for elegance. Fun without being contemplative. Three stars with a plus for its beckoning ways. Awesome value.

Updated Review, approximately 10 months later, now five years from vintage date, July, 2010: Color is holding and consistent.  Aroma is also consistent, but now carrying a classic, perfumed element.  On the palate, all the lushness and fruit remains, now very nicely knit with the acids and furry tannins.  Up a notch to four stars now.  Mega-awesome value!

Following long decant, three days in partially-filled bottle under vacuum:   On the nose, this is even richer and more potent.  Still stunning on the palate.  I don't believe I've seen such power, resilience, complexity and pleasure from a wine at this price point.

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