St. Clement Oroppas 1999
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Generous, ripe, rich, polished currant, plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit is shaded by pretty, toasty-roasted coffee- and mocha-flavored oak. Tannins are fine and well-integrated. Very showy now and worthy of short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2009. 5,200 cases made.
What a complex nose on this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc. The dominant aroma is a leathery, grilled meat scent, alongside charred oak. Blackberry tea and cherry flavors show up in the mouth, where it's dry, with pure, soft tannins. It's a bit disjointed now. A few years may bring things together.