Deep garnet with considerably bricking edges. Clear and bright. Generous funk and stemmy crushed-weed intro but otherwise clean and prescribed. Generous and interesting, but without delusions of grandeur or anything overtly compelling. Fat, egg-white viscosity plumps up a musty black cherry. Oak-leaf tea and Grape Crush. I’m unfairly making this wine sound bad. Smelling incredibly lush, ripe and round, dense and aged–but at the same time *safe*. In the mouth, sweet and lovely. Really: there is nothing to dislike. Just pure nectar. Interestingly, last night’s Forman was more ruby and dense–this one is amber and shows brighter and less aged. Odd comparison, I know–just an observation. Apples and oranges. Vibrant and less dull than you expect. A mint explosion and fruit showing a definite pruney touch of age. Gritty gun-powder graphite earthiness balances the supple sweetness. Yes, I’ve used that word twice. The lush fruit and patina combine into a definite elixir to make the medicine go down. Drying but not harsh. Tannins sweet and leathery–never obscuring or bitter. Everything is polished start-to-finish. More of that oak-leaf tincture surfaces late-finish just as the last of the Everlasting Gobstopper fruit is fading. This is a great wine.
2003 CONN CREEK Anthology Napa Valley 64/16/14/4/2 Cab/CF/ME/Bec/PV 14.3