Saddleback Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Just when you think you've had the biggest wine ever, Nils comes out with something even larger. Pampered and cradled from inception, this blockbuster wine comes from a great and bountiful vintage. The color is the blackest of blackberry, and both the nose and the mouthfeel are hellaciously delectable! The nose is dominated by briery fruit: blackberry, loganberry, and boysenberry. The taste, well... beneath the fullness, we find the smoky wood is delicate, not overpowering,and the rich chocolate is dark, not milky. Black pepper and coffee bean elevate this distinct wine to an opulent level. The tannins are subtle, but the structure is solid. This wine will be best enjoyed in two to three years, but you may decide to lay it down for many years to come!
About the Region
The most famous American wine region, and one of the most highly regarded in the world. The first grapes were planted here, northeast of San Francisco (with a climate influenced by an arm of San Francisco Bay), in the mid-19th century; one of the earliest commercial wineries, Charles Krug, still in operation, was founded in 1861. Wineries proliferated in the late 19th century and, after a downturn during Prohibition, the Napa wine scene continued to expand. The so-called "Paris tasting" (later renamed "The Judgment of Paris") in 1976 — in which a panel of French wine experts rated cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay from the Napa Valley higher than their famous and far more expensive French counterparts — brought international renown (and higher prices) to the valley's wines. While these remain the two most widely grown grapes in Napa (the cabernet is particularly highly regarded), scores of other varieties are planted and do well here. There are now at least 450 wineries in the Napa Valley (700 or so in Napa County as a whole), from modest warehouse facilities to multi-million-dollar showplaces mimicking European castles, and the area has become a major tourist attraction.