2001 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

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Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa, Red Wine, USA

This could have been so much better…bottle was not as good as past ones. Maybe I was particularly sensitive tonight, but the oak treatment was a little too overwhelming for me. The fruit, acidity, structure and texture of this wine are great, but the oak (showing via classic vanilla flavors) is just killing the rest. The bad news is that I think the oak is showing increasingly as the fruit keeps fading. My hopes of the oak integrating are very, very low a this stage.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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