For a football-watching dinner party this past weekend, I cooked a Tuscan white bean soup with lamb and wanted to try an aged Cabernet Sauvignon from my cellar. I picked the 1993 Paradigm Oakville—always a graceful, elegant wine, from a good but not great year in Napa Valley.
The wine had fascinating aromas of wilted rose and jasmine, plum and touches of cedar, hazelnut and Brazil nut. Mature, its primary dark berry flavors had evolved and, with aeration, a minty flavor folded in. Although I decanted the Cabernet to remove a touch of sediment, the tannins were firm, giving it structure. 88 points, non-blind.
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