We're having Mother's Day dinner on Saturday this year because Mrs TWC has to catch a ride to DC mid-day Sunday. Naturally, you need a special wine for Mother's Day and I ran across a 2002 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon I'd stashed some years back.
In fairness, I already knew this was a good choice, but, the secondary lesson here is patience. Buy a few bottles of good wine now and again. Resist the temptation to drink it today. Your reward is down the road when your twenty dollar wine has magically transformed into a fifty dollar wine. And it tastes, well, sublime.
The 2002 is splendid and Wine Enthusiast bestowed a well-deserved 91 points....
.....exemplifies its terroir and vintage with its impeccable balance, and the way the ripe, sophisticated tannins wrap around the fleshy black currant, olive, chocolate and herb flavors. Finishes with some sweetness from charry oak.
This powerful Cabernet Sauvignon captures the essence of Napa Valley's Oakville Region. Loaded with rich, ripe black cherry and plum flavors that are nicely balanced with hints of sweet toasted oak. Small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Merlot are added to enhance the wines depth and complexity.
To which I would add that the Cabernet Franc is apparent at this stage of the aging process. I suspect that the 2002 will be drinking well for another five years and perhaps longer.
We served this wine with rib roast, asparagus, and roasted new potatoes, which were dug from the gardens here at Casa de los Rocas Grandes just before being scrubbed, sliced, & seasoned with fresh rosemary, sea salt, a bit of pepper, and olive oil.