Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
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Enormously complex, deep, dark, rich and polished, with layers of concentrated black cherry, blackberry, currant and anise. Framed by pretty toasty oak, the fruit holds a firm upper hand, turning richly tannic on the finish. Best from 2004 through 2015.
From a tannic vintage for Napa Cabernet, Etude's 1999 is a stunning success. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a restrained but noble bouquet of creme de cassis, vanilla, and lead pencil. This medium to full-bodied effort is elegant and concentrated with well-balanced tannin as well as extract. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2015.
Plush tannins and spicy black fruit on the palate leaven the whipped vanilla cream, strawberry, and cocoa aromas. A beam of currant fruit shines on the full, softly tannic finish.