2002 Abreu

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At age 16, the 2002 Madrona Ranch has shed some of its baby fat and has gained incredible complexity and depth, yet it's still young, exuberant, and flamboyant in every way. Offering up a heavenly perfume of blackcurrants, forest floor, menthol, tobacco, and spring flowers as well as hints of new saddle leather, this beauty is seamless and elegant on the palate, with ultra-fine tannins, the density and depth that's the hallmark of this estate, and perfect integration of its fruit, tannins, alcohol, and acidity. This is thrillingly singular stuff from Brad Grimes that could come from nowhere else in the world, and it's one of the great, great wines from Napa Valley.

Jeb Dunnuck | 100 JD
The day I tasted it, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch was about ready to be bottled. Cut from the same mold as the 2001, it is an intense effort of first-growth Bordeaux proportions. An extraordinarily complex nose of Asian spices, soy, smoky barbecue scents, blackberries, creme de cassis, violets, licorice, and incense is followed by a wine of great purity as well as intensity, with a multidimensional mid-palate, and a fabulously voluptuous finish with high but sweet tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028.

Robert Parker | 94-96 RP

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Vintage 2002
Color Red
Country US: As one of the most prolific and innovative wine regions in the world, America is a joy to explore. Most wine connoisseurs will agree that the nation's finest and most compelling wines are being produced today, which means that we have front-row seats to one of the most inspirational stories in wine history. While other regions tend to focus on specific wine styles and have somewhat strict rules as to which varietals you could grow, areas like California have few such restrictions in place. As a result, creative visionaries behind America's most reputable estates have been able to develop compelling, unique, and innovative styles, with a level of terroir expression that rivals even France's largest giants.
Producer Abreu: Robert Parker famously awarded Abreu Vineyards a staggering nine 100-point scores over the recent years. They can express the beauty and power of Cabernet Sauvignon in a way almost no one else can in the whole world, which makes their reds not only popular among collectors but an impactful and meaningful gesture during social situations. Despite focusing on one grape varietal, Abreu Vineyards have been able to bring across a variety of flavor profiles for your enjoyment. From truffles to red, black or blue fruits that explode with an almost tangible crunch, all the way to a thick smokey taste and earthy herbs, the experience is unique each time. The textures unfold slowly in the glass, much like a compelling and dramatic story would, as you discover new details with each sip.
Rating 100 JD
Region California: With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world's most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region's produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it. While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California's most talented. Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover would die to visit. California's quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine.
Type of Wine California Red: Whether it's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel, Californian red wine producers have a lovely habit of taking a varietal and expressing its essence in a unique, never before seen way. From Napa Valley to the regions south of Los Angeles, there's a red for everyone - and it's never too late to start exploring.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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