2003 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
(USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)
Nice wine for the money. I had a glass of this Lancaster Cabernet Sauvignon at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco. The bottle was opened new at my table and poured right away. This wine was balanced right away, The color was a light to medium purple. It had a hint of bright red around the edges. The nose was soft and velvety with spices, oak and dark fruits and more blueberries. The palate was velvet throughout. Good fruit on the start and it was maintained through the mid palate. When it transitioned to the finish it got a little hot and bitter. Was a little disjointed on the finish with strong black olive and got a little earthy. Might have been a little better if it was decanted for a while. Overall a good wine and I would try again.
Estate grown, produced and bottled, our 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits lush black cherry and plum, accented with cloves, anise, and violets. Soft, supportive tannins provide structure for the rich fruit, and layers of complexity carry over the long finish. Aged 22 months in French oak barrels, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered, to retain purity of expression. 4200 cases produced.