Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Gaston
(USA, California, Napa Valley)
My second tasting of Palmaz but this is a 2002. Quality from the start. Nice soft and balanced wine, I emphasize soft. No one flavor or characteristic comes out which made this feel like a real quality wine with very good balance. The nose was mild with light oak, more like American oak with floral, eucalyptus and cherry. The color was mild to dark purple and still a little cloudy. The palate had cherry on the start and is a little on the dry side. Feels like it wants a couple years. Oak was prominent and fell in line with the nose on the floral side. A touch tight at opening. This Palmaz has a dark mystery about it. It is way beyond a table wine and has characteristics that are different than most Napa cabs. Not over the top and good quality. I still say this wine may be a touch expensive at 100 bucks a bottle but that does not mean it is not good.
1 Hour later. The nose went more floral and oak with less fruit. The palate got VERY soft and the tannins came more into line. Got softer and better.
2 Hours later. Real soft but went stale fast. All oak and no fruit. Looks like 45 minutes is the magic number on this 02 wine in 2009.