St. Clement Oroppas 2004
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
A rich, massive youngster, packed with dense fruit, mocha-laced oak and layers of earthy currant, spice, anise, olive and cedar. Turns plush and layered on the finish, which keeps revealing subtle flavor nuances. Drink now through 2012.
The dark ruby/purple 2004 Oroppas, which is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon but includes Merlot and Petit Verdot, is front-end loaded with notes of charcoal, black currants, bay leaf, and pain grille. It is medium-bodied, soft, luscious, and best drunk over the next 10-15 years.
Riper and certainly hotter than past vintages, this Oroppas, which is a Cab-Merlot blend, shows its very high alcohol in the raisins and prickly heat that dominate it. Decent in many respects, but not going anywhere, so drink up.