Napa Valley reds from the 2000 vintage

Conn Creek Winery, Napa Valley, Limited Release, Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 The fruit is flagging in the nose where the sense of spirit has taken over. But the fruit still puts in an appearance when you put the wine in your mouth,  with a sense of cranberries on a spread of velvet. The grapes are 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was aged in French oak for 26 months, 50% of the barrels were new and 50% were one year old. After that the wine spent an additional year aging in bottle. P&B in St. Helena 14% $25 at the winery for the current release, this cellar selection is a gift to the class from the SFCWC ‘05 Conn Creek

Cosentino, Napa Valley, Meritage, “The Poet” 2000 The nose sports stewed cherries and raisins, with notes of port and cherry brandy. The mouth is a supple and complex presentation of raisins and dates, with the appearance of sweetness that comes with time – very nice. P&B in Yountville 14.4% $75 at the winery for the current vintage ‘05 Cosentino Winery

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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