Sunday, July 22, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $$ Forbes Creek Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California, 2007 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: Lake County is a California region adjacent to Napa Valley starting to come into its own especially for cabernet sauvignon.  Here is a modestly priced cab from the region.  It was purchased as part of a Zagat Wine mixed pack, for which site also acts as an affiliate.

Initial review, May, 2011: This is Forbes Creek Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California, 2007, finished at 14.1% alcohol in a combination of French and American oak barrels.  It turns out this is an updated review from a prior review of over a year ago, as I had sampled this same wine and vintage about a year and a half ago.

In the glass: Forbes Creek shows as dark burgundy, opaque in the center of the glass. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, brings a shy and somewhat simple, purple aroma, characteristic of some simple merlots from California.  From the aroma, seems like this will be soft, lightly sweet and perhaps simple. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact more layered and varied than anticipated.  Some dark, almost char-broiled sweet fruit touch your palate first, ringed with solid blackberry flavors with some blueberry tones.  Sufficient tannins and acids surround the fruit to bring a nice complexity and tail to the finish. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its attractive demeanor and balance.  Good value at the one-off bottle price, and best value at its mixed-case pricing.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Aroma is picking up small hints of complexity, with cocoa and sand.  Palate has remained consistent, with some appealing layers. 
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Updated review, over a full year later, July, 2012:  Consistent deep color.  The aroma is a tad bolder, but remains simple.  The palate is deep, layered with rich blueberry flavors.  Bold with clean brightness to finish.  Held up very well to the additional year of age, now five years from vintage date.

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