2002 Neal Family Cabernet Sauvignon Fifteen-Forty (USA, California, Napa Valley)

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


Third and last of the Neal Family Cabs with Easter lunch/dinner. My personal favorite among the three wines. The most primal, structured, brooding, muscled wine of the trio. Dark fruit and smoke. Beefy flavors and bramble. A wine that can be aged for many years without going into decline, IMO. Also had a touch of tobacco and earth. One of my favorite “young” CA Cabs in a long time. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain.

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