2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - Forman Vineyard



2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
  • Vintage 2015
  • Blend 76% Cabernet Sauvignon – 5% Merlot 14% Cabernet Franc – 5% Petit Verdot (100% Grande Roche)
  • Vineyard 100% Grande Roche
  • Winemaker Ric Forman
  • Appellation Saint Helena
  • Aging/Cooperage 22 months in 75% new and 25% two-year-old Bordeaux barrels
  • Residual Sugar 0.01 g/100 ml
  • Alcohol 14.85%
  • PH 3.81
  • TA 0.59g/100mLs
  • Production 2191 cases

Very early on, the 2015 vintage displayed an unusually vibrant elegance. This was somewhat unexpected considering the rather water deplete conditions of the winter and spring preceding the vintage as well as an above average heat summation during ripening.

One might conclude from the combination that indeed a fairly powerful wine would emerge. And this does hold true - there’s a lot of power to the 2015 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon.

The vibrant fruit complexity which seemed to arrive out of nowhere was a very pleasant surprise. Nature is difficult to understand and certainly can’t be controlled. This, I suppose, is part of the charm. You’re never really sure about what you are going to get. I’m glad to report however, as already stated, this is a good one and really is not to be missed.

Tasting 

This is an extremely pretty wine from a classic vintage. I love the very warm earthy Cabernet tones – is this from Bordeaux?

Layer upon layer open as the wine aerates. Tobacco and ripe berry jam aromas blend so beautifully with a subtle vanilla-smoky oak background. One could go on and on as there are so many agreeable facets to ponder and enjoy. Wow! The flavors to do not disappoint either.

The multi-faceted aromas are echoed in the flavor and are surrounded with a mouth filling richness of ultra-fine and ripe phenolics with a delicious bold finish.

It’s hard not love this one!

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