Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 1989
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Ripe and supple, a fleshy wine, with a soft texture and enough backbone to carry the currant and spice flavors through the finish. Hints at anise and herbs, but remains fruity. Drink after 1995 or '96. Tasted three times.
The 1989 Cabernet Sauvignon is an improvement over the disappointingly light, hollow 1988 and relatively lean, sterile 1987. The 1989 is dark ruby/purple, with a rich nose of cassis and spicy oak. In the mouth, there is excellent concentration, good weight and elegance, and soft tannins in the finish. It should drink well for at least 8-10 years. Incidentally, I also tasted Forman's 1990 Pinot Noir, of which only 100 cases were made. No release date had been set, but I must say that the big, gamey, earthy, oriental spice-scented nose reveals more than a casual resemblance to the profound bouquets offered by the Pinot Noir made by France's Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. In the mouth, the wine is medium-bodied. While not quite as profound as the nose suggested, it is still excellent Pinot Noir. Bravo!