A Graceful Napa Cabernet with Bordeaux Flair

Forman Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1992
James Laube
Posted: July 5, 2009

Ric Forman has always made his wines to age, be it Chardonnay or Cabernet. His Cabernets walk the tightrope between the loamy richness of Napa Valley grapes and the grace and refinement of Bordeaux.

The 1992 Forman Napa Cabernet was a Cellar Selection and made our list of the Top 100 wines of 1995 (at No. 39), and we suggested you wait until at least 1999 to drink it. Somehow this wine was lost in my cellar, but what a great discovery! I wasn't sure how it would be drinking, but I knew I wouldn't be surprised if it had aged well.

Today the '92 Cab has a wonderful color, still very deep ruby, with tart cherry-currant fruit. It's very elegant, balanced and Bordeaux-like, ending with delicacy and finesse. It can age longer, but it's not likely to improve. This is a captivating wine, not a showstopper, a style that is too often overlooked in today's wine market where wines are made to stand out and separate themselves from the competition. I rated it 93 points, non-blind.

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