Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

$109.99

97+ Points Parker - rare                      One of the top-scoring Cabernets of the stellar 2013 vintage from Forman - limited. 97+ Points 97 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous):  "A totally dazzling wine, Ric Forman's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is easily one of the best wines of the vintage. Today, the 2013 is dense, powerful and explosive, with fabulous energy and tons of sheer intensity. Graphite, smoke, tobacco and layers of dark-fleshed fruit all open up in the glass. This is the first vintage to incorporate a dollop of Malbec. The 2013 has just been bottled. I will not be surprised at all if it merits a higher rating at some point in the future. Even better from bottle than it was from barrel, Ric Forman's 2013 is a super-classic, old-school Napa Cabernet to treasure for the next three decades. Best of all, Forman's Cabernet is probably the single greatest value in Napa Valley Cabernet." 95 Points Robert Parker:  "A beautiful wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and the rest tiny proportions of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Opaque ruby/purple with beautiful blueberry and black raspberry fruit moving toward cassis on the palate, it is plush, medium to full-bodied, well-delineated, juicy and succulent. This is another terrific 2013. This one was aged 22 months in barrel, but 60% was new oak, and it was never fined prior to bottling. It should drink well for 15 or more years." ...Ric Forman is arguably Napa Valley’s first superstar winemaker. Although sometimes overlooked today, there is little question Forman has had a profound influence on a number of younger winemakers who still speak of him with great reverence. In 2012 Forman celebrated his 46th harvest. Today, Forman counts on the assistance of his son Toby, in running this small, family-owned jewel of an estate. As for the wines, they are superb, but, best of all, remain realistically priced for the consumer who wants to drink top-flight Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon without having to take out a second mortgage. The Chardonnay is made in the non-malo style Forman pioneered in the 1970s. Forman’s Cabernet is one of the classic masterpieces of Napa Valley, even if recent vintages come across as a bit riper than the norm. Still, it is impossible to go wrong with any of these wines."

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Ratings on Delectable

Mike R Delectable Pro

Love it - 2 hr decant and a 2013 - all smiles

Love it - 2 hr decant and a 2013 - all smiles

9.6

James Forsyth Delectable Pro

Tasted blind. Very Bordeaux. Tar, leather and graphite. Intense fruit, balanced and a towering structure. Impressive but quite tight at this point. Needs some time.

Tasted blind. Very Bordeaux. Tar, leather and graphite. Intense fruit, balanced and a towering structure. Impressive but quite tight at this point. Needs some time.

9.4

Jack Petras

Agree with others about its Bordeaux quality. Structural beam of graphite with dark red and black fruits. Never comes across as overextracted, keeps an elegant litheness to it. Excellent with mushrooms and braised short rib. 2013 vintage.

Agree with others about its Bordeaux quality. Structural beam of graphite with dark red and black fruits. Never comes across as overextracted, keeps an elegant litheness to it. Excellent with mushrooms and braised short rib. 2013 vintage.

9.1

Mike R Delectable Pro

Key word is smiling - details - Boudreaux blend with 75% cab - Galloni and RP like it and thought I would procure and yes it is a baby but OMG it is damn good right now - I had Ric stuff before and it was good but this is his best of the four vintages I had This is big bold and beautiful - it jumps at you with intensity and power and energy - and still smooth - please decant as I did for two hours Dark purplish fruit is blowing away my nose and steering to happiness with the taste and finish - this is an old school taste I remember when I fell in love with Napa cabs - this baby will keep growing as it rest for a long time - bravo Mr Forman - and summing it up - all SMILES

Key word is smiling - details - Boudreaux blend with 75% cab - Galloni and RP like it and thought I would procure and yes it is a baby but OMG it is damn good right now - I had Ric stuff before and it was good but this is his best of the four vintages I had This is big bold and beautiful - it jumps at you with intensity and power and energy - and still smooth - please decant as I did for two hours Dark purplish fruit is blowing away my nose and steering to happiness with the taste and finish - this is an old school taste I remember when I fell in love with Napa cabs - this baby will keep growing as it rest for a long time - bravo Mr Forman - and summing it up - all SMILES

9.5

Robert Rothfield

PNP......great balance and vibrant fruit with smooth tannins

PNP......great balance and vibrant fruit with smooth tannins

9.2

Rob Mayes

Not very dynamic. But thanks for bringing, Ryan!

Not very dynamic. But thanks for bringing, Ryan!

9.1

Ralph Cho

Smooth great cab.

Smooth great cab.

9.5

Josh Abramson

Very young, needs time. Still very good.

Very young, needs time. Still very good.

9.4

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