2004 California Cabernet Retrospective: Easy Sailing

A steady growing season and a late burst of heat put 2004 wines in the sweet spot
Oct 8, 2014

For the past 30 years, Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube has been reviewing and writing about California Cabernets. Each year, he conducts blind retrospective tastings of older vintages. He recently tasted wines from 2004. It’s a way, Laube says, to examine how California wines age and recommend when the wines are at their peak. It’s also fun, he says, to find the surprises—good and otherwise—that come with cellaring wines. Here are his reviews, with scores, tasting notes and drink windows, on 59 top 2004 California Cabernets at age 10.

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