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How are 1997 California Cabernets cellaring?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Alexis, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. Alexis

    Alexis Senior member

    Oct 27, 2004
    How are the 1997 California Cabernets cellaring?
  2. johnw86

    johnw86 Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Much to my chagrin, I had just started drinking wine seriously when the 97s came out--and I drank the ones I purchased...damn. I do have some 99s that I'm holding.
  3. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

    Aug 26, 2004
    Orange County, CA
    I have a couple bottles of each of the Cakebread 1997s, we're going to crack one open at New Year's (probably Three Sisters) and I will post some info later, I've kept these ones cellared for awhile, although the newer ones I've tasted (mostly the regular Napa Valley) have been wonderful.
  4. kabert

    kabert Senior member

    Feb 23, 2004
    From what I've tried so far, it's a bit of a mixed bag, but most should be drinking well. Some are opening up nicely, whereas others still seem very tannic and/or closed. Other than the really good stuff, I think most should be drinking quite well by now. A few I've had recently:

    A 1997 BV Tapestry recently was drinking very nicely. The oak has integrated well.

    A 1997 Viader was a bit closed, but opened nicely after about 45 minutes

    A 1997 Pride Mountain cabernet was stunning, but still has loads of tannins to shed (and so has many years of life left in it)
  5. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    I opened a 1997 Jordan to much disappointment.  Nothing interesting in it. I assume there will be variation in different wines as they age.

    I have a 1997 Caymus Special Selection.  Anyone tried it yet?

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