Friday, June 10, 2011

Review: ***+ Chez Ray Lanza Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003, North Coast, CA

Original Review, September, 2009: This cabernet sauvignon is made of 100% frozen grapes acquired by Brehm Vineyards from Lanza Ranch in the North Coast, CA, area. It has now had over five years of aging.

In the glass, it is medium deep red, just starting to brick at the edge. Aroma is bold and sweet fruity with red currant. On the palate, a sweet, tannic, ripe plum first hits the back of your palate, bringing a sinking sweet robe of fruit as follow-on. Touch of ripe raspberry melds with the mild acids to turn the tannins into a long-finish. Three stars with a plus on the Spirit of Wine scale.

Updated review, a year and a half later, June, 2011:  Still a medium deep red color with hints of brick.  Soft, yielding, red berry nose.  The first sip shows more acids than tannins now, with red currant plus plum being the primary flavor elements.  Solid, bright mid-red style.  Hasn't particularly diminished nor improved with the additional time in bottle.

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