Arrowood Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon 1997


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This Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep purple color that is so opaque it borders on black. The nose and palate are both packed with a bounty of dark, intense fruit. Aromatics include blackberry, cassis, and plum, with notes of cedar box and spice. Rich flavors of black cherry and anise delight your palate, finishing up with a touch of toasty oak. Just the right balance of fruit and tannins lend enough structure for this wine to age gracefully for many years in your cellar. Enjoy this Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with dishes of robust flavor. A rich broth or grilled meat and vegetables will pair very well, or just sip it with or a mild cheddar or dry Monterey Jack cheese.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Arrowood
Alcohol/vol 13.8%
  • ws96

Wine SpectatorAn ideal combo of youth and age, this is lush and rich, but still has backbone and muscle.-Non-blind Arrowood tasting (February 2015). Drink now. 1,611 cases made.

Tim Fish, 2002
  • st93

International Wine CellarBright ruby-red. Enticing aromas of black cherry, redcurrant, graphite and nuts. Lush, sweet and dense, with lovely, resounding depth of flavor and sizable underlying structure. Finishes with impressive length and building but even tannins. A large-scaled wine with thoroughly ripe cabernet character.

Stephen Tanzer, May 2001
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateThe 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Speciale was even better. Here's a wine coming up on 20 years of age in another 18 months, and it is still remarkably young and vigorous. Dense purple, with beautifully sweet crème de cassis and blackberry fruit intermixed with incense, graphite, and a touch of oak, this was a great year for North Coast varietals, and this wine is lavishly rich, with a multi-dimensional texture and a super-intense, full-bodied finish - just an amazing wine.

Robert Parker, August 27, 2015