Sunday, April 13, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2003 = GOOD VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon.

By way of background, opening thoughts:  I enjoyed the 2001 version of this Napa cabernet sauvignon, but found it lost liveliness by the time it attained eight years of age (see review here).  I'm taking a bigger chance now with the 2003 vintage, first sampling at a whopping 11 years from vintage date.

Original tasting and review : This is Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2003, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep mahogany with some brick.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows cedar, vanilla and black cherry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be a classic, but friendly, Napa cabernet style.  Aroma seems to be holding up well for the age.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold, lively, rich and robust, full of ripe blackberry fruit, but surrounded by some helpful tannin tautness.  Finishes softer, but sweet, rich and ultimately clean.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for its friendly well-aged character on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a good value (not something easily achieved in Napa Valley offerings).

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon.

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