Megan and I picked this wine up at the Wine Cellar (of course) after we tasted it in one of the Friday night tastings a month or so ago. It normally retails for $50 but was on special for $25 so after we tasted and enjoyed that Friday, we brought it home.
A bit of background on the wine –
The Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Big Horn Cellars is always made from grapes grown in their Coombesville Vineyard, which is in the Napa Valley. The wine consists of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that has been aged in 100% French Oak barrels for two years and clocks in at 15.2% alcohol.
My Tasting Notes –
Nose – Mushroom, blackberry, cocoa powder, leather
Taste – Raspberry, cranberry, bell pepper
Mouthfeel – Medium to full body, bit of spice, very smooth but strong tannins on the finish which was slightly surprising for a 2000.
Finish – Very long
This was a really great Cab, aged perfectly. The tannins were nice and soft through the beginning and mid palate of each sip but really took hold at the end with a nice firm grip. After being aged for 7 years the fruit was still very present, and it walked the new world, old world line very well, popping in hints of mushroom, leather and bell pepper.
The wine was quite a bit fruitier than we had remembered from the tasting a while ago (not that we minded). It was a great wine and although we only paid $25, which I will admit was a steal; I could definitely see paying $50 for it.
Give it a try, and let me know what you think!