The 2016 Forman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps one of the more integrated among the four varieties used in the blend than any of the past vintages in memory. There is a wonderful mix of aromatics which represent the special nuances of each of the varieties without being dominating or overwhelming. Cabernet Sauvignon is herbal and peppery, as in dry chili; Cabernet Franc shows its beautiful raspberry character; Merlot is there with a hint of mint and, finally, Petite Verdot shows a very subtle violet aroma. Again, none dominate but rather synergistically build to a very pretty and complex fruitiness. Even though the wine was aged in 75% new Bordeaux barrels, oak is only a background aroma placed nicely behind the more obvious grape fruitiness. The flavors echo the aromatics. The body is quite full with a very long and far-reaching aftertaste with ample phenolic structure that bodes well for a long lived wine. This is quite a special vintage, I love it and I think you, dear fans, will as well.
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