Thursday, February 19, 2009

Now is the time to drink your 2000 Napa Cabernets

In California, 2000 was a difficult vintage for late ripening grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It started with a cool and moist spring, followed by a heat wave in mid June, warm temperatures in July and August, and ended with storms in October. Nonetheless, the 2000 Oakford Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville that we drunk the other day was absolutely delicious.

Oakford Vineyards is a small winery located in the western hills of the Napa Valley just above the town of Oakville. The wine is 100% Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Oakford's estate vineyard as well as from the historic To Kalon vineyard. it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

It showed a deep garnet color and attractive aromas of wild berry compote. The palate was full-bodied, well-balanced, with lush fruit flavors and spicy notes, followed by an elegant aftertaste. Try it with a Smoked Paprika Rubbed Rib Eye Steak and Sweet Potato Fries. It's so good, you even forget about your meal's carbon footprint

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Wine Blog said...

Yes, 2000 wasn't a great year and if anyone has wines from this vintage in their cellar, it's definitely time to consume them! You have a really great blog! Cheers

Anonymous said...

I think it really depends on the wine. Here's what Silver Oak says about its 2000 Napa bottling:
"The 2000 Silver Oak Napa Valley is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon with a dark, ruby-red color and an exquisite nose of cassis, violets, roasting coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cloves. It has a rich, balanced mouth feel dripping with ripe berries and chocolate. Medium tannins are well integrated into the long finish. It will continue to improve to 2020, given proper cellaring."

Catherine Granger said...

I agree, the wine's ageing potential can also depends on how the winery handles the winemaking process.