1997 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon

Medium dark ruby color to the rim. The aromas are muted on opening but quickly come forward with black currant and red plums. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasing texture, tannins almost fully resolved but with enough acidity and grip to make for fine balance. The flavors are rather simplistic, more red fruit than black, I doubt if this is pure Cabernet Sauvignon, which is not a complaint. The aromas and texture are the high points. A singleton, don’t remember what I paid or when, it wasn’t much, this is a nice quaff with the last of the leftover roast beef from Christmas. Rated 89, not going down any time soon but unlikely to improve. Not inspired to look for later releases from this producer.

Dan Kravitz

The older vintages from Leonardini Vineyard are great, but latter WHL vintages are generally too oaky for me.

I haven’t found many 1997’s to be all that exciting from 2005 forward. Too flabby.