2002 Neal Family Cabernet Sauvignon Chafen (USA, California, Napa Valley)

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Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, Red Wine, USA

Second bottle of Neal Family Cab with Easter lunch/dinner. Now we are talking. More structure, darker flavors, more serious, complex, and earthy than the One Lane Bridge. A cut above, I believe. Where the OLB was more red fruited and quaffable, this was serious and required a little more attention. Black berry and black currant fruit with a touch of cherry and dark chocolate. Coarser tannins and muscle. I liked this one a lot. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain.

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