Attended a small little birthday dinner for fellow BB member Stephen Pacheco on Saturday night. This bottle was courtesy of Denny, and it was a backup bottle for the 2002 Phelps Backus Cab that he thought was off (I thought is was pretty damn tasty). The KL was pop and pour after several other wines had already been opened and for the most part drained.
What to say…100 pointer, 20/20, A+, perfect wine? Absolutely as close to those descriptors as I will come for a wine. As a huge fan of Napa Cabs, this is easily at the top of the pile for me. The wine comes out of the bottle and looks like a 2007 instead of a 1997. Once comment was that it was as dark as the pomegranite reduction for the duck ravioli we had. Not too far off as it was still dark purple with no signs of fading or bricking. Immediate notes of dark fruits, anise, licorice and flowers. Again, no signs of age on this bottle as it is amazingly fresh on the nose. Palate is full of blackberries, black licorice and a hint of vanilla. Tannins are barely noticeable and there is just a smidge of oak left, with both providing a round and expansive mouthfeel.
A big thanks to Denny for opening this. It will take a substantial wine to knock this off the top of my list.
Oh, and just for kicks, here is me pounding the remnants of the 2002 Dom:
I have been hoarding the KL Reserves since joining the list in 2002. Opened one of the 2002 a few years ago but haven’t touched the rest. Any idea abiut the drinking window of these? Is 10 years a good estimate? Thanks.
Denny has more experience that me on that front. I have had a 2002 Reserve, cannot remember which vineyard, courtesy of Denny as well and it was singing. I would think it was in its sweet spot for the vintage. The '97 Herb Lamb Vineyard showed no signs of matury at all. I would think it could go another 20 years without blinking.