Source: January 2020 Week 2, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 9th Jan 2020 (RP-92-94)
Moss Wood’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon looks to reflect this cool, less-powerful vintage beautifully. Mulberry notes and hints of green herbs accent raspberry fruit on the nose, while the palate is medium to full-bodied but silky and elegant, with ample length on the finish.
Drink Date: 2022 – 2034
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Monday, February 7, 2022 (JS-93)
This has a fresh, redcurrant and black-fruit nose with gentle perfume and a pleasingly leafy, spicy edge, too. The palate has elegance with a focused, fine-grained tannin core that delivers fresh red-berry and purple-cherry flavor. Nice definition and very drinkable. Drink over the next five years. Screw cap.
COLOUR AND CONDITION
Youthful, dense ruby hue; bright condition.
This is one of the more ethereal Cabernet Sauvignons we have released. It combines both freshness, with the attendant perfumes of raspberries, roses and violets, and ripeness, featuring classic blueberry and red currant aromas, all courtesy of the terrific growing season. Behind these are the typical varietal complexities produced by long-term barrel age including tar, wax, cedar, chocolate, mixed spices and tobacco. They all combine to give a volume seen only in the great years.
Expectations are high after such a promising nose and the same impact is immediately evident. A series of flavours flow across the palate, including blueberry, cranberry, red currant and liquorice, almost taking us back to the future with memories of the opulence of 1976, combined with the complexity of 2005. The structure is in the well-balanced Moss Wood mode, with full body, fresh acidity and soft tannins, with a touch of toasty oak, chocolate and cloves on the finish.
We enthusiastically recommend this wine for cellaring. It has the concentration and complexity to age gracefully for decades. However, there will be a dilemma to wrestle with in the short term because the fruit generosity and balance are such that it is very drinkable now. Our best advice is for those who are keen to cellar it and enjoy older wine, it should be kept for at least 10 years and by which time it will be showing some of its complex bottle bouquet and the structure will be starting to soften. However, full maturity is unlikely to be reached before 25 years of age and it should last for several decades beyond that.
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