Sunday, October 6, 2013

Review: *** $$ Hayman & Hill Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2003

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Value-priced Napa Valley cabernet sauvignons are almost an oxymoron.  But today we will be sampling one which has received a full decade of aging since its vintage date.

Original tasting and review : This is Hayman & Hill Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2003, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about an inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, sh
ows classic, balanced black currant fruit, showing a bit of oxidized age.  From the aroma, seems like this will be straightforward, but solid.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full with dark fruit, but tired in the area of tannins and acids, showing the little hint of broccoli that comes when a wine is slipping past its window of drinking.  This one hasn't fully exited the drinability zone, but is clearly a little past its prime.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale for what it probably was a little bit earlier in its lifecycle.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Hayman & Hill Cabernet Sauvignon.

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