1997 Abreu Madrona Ranch Vineyard Proprietary Red - 750ml

1997 Abreu Madrona Ranch Vineyard Proprietary Red - 750ml

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1997 Abreu Madrona Ranch Vineyard Proprietary Red - 100 pts!
Is anyone anywhere in the world making more consistently profound wines than the famous viticulturalist David Abreu and his long-time sidekick and assistant, former chef Brad Grimes? Working from relatively small sites, two of them adjacent to the back streets of St. Helena (the six-acre Cappella Vineyard alongside a cemetery and the home estate of Madrona Ranch at the base of Spring Mountain) to the co-owned vineyard with Ric Forman, the magnificent Thorevilos Vineyard behind the Meadowood Resort. There is also his own 2,000-foot elevation site on Howell Mountain.
These wines are all proprietary reds, probably containing at least 60-65% Cabernet Sauvignon, the rest largely Cabernet Franc with a little Petit Verdot and occasionally tiny amounts of Merlot. They spend a full two years in 100% new French oak and are bottled without any fining or filtration. They are exquisite examples of Bordeaux blends that are true first growths in every sense. So how do I go about describing these wines, which are so exciting and satisfying on both hedonistic and intellectual levels?

Product Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1997
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Abreu Vineyards
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 100 RP - As I reported last year the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch is a perfect Cabernet Sauvignon. It has been in bottle for over a year and this wine like all the others has easily soaked up its aging in 100% new Taransaud barrels. It is a sumptuous unctuously-textured fabulously concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon that hits all the sweet spots on the palate and puts the olfactory senses into overdrive. The wine smells and tastes perfect. It is a compelling effort that one day will be considered part of a small group of elite California Cabernets that may be rewriting the definition of greatness in Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1997 boasts an opaque black/purple color as well as a gorgeous bouquet of roasted meats scorched earth blackberry creme de cassis minerals and toast. The soaring aromatics are matched by a phenomenally intense seamless palate with full-bodied opulence exquisite purity and symmetry and a multidimensional finish that lasts for nearly a minute. This wine will be delicious when released next year and will last for 25-30 years. It is a tour de force in winemaking. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1997
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Abreu Vineyards
Color Red
Production
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