1999 Kendall Jackson Great Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
This is the last bottle of a case of this wine I bought around 2002. There is a slightly brown rim in the glass and the color of the wine has lightened slightly, now more translucent than I remember. On the nose I get cassis, dark cherries and a grapey, slightly off (sulfuric) note. Initially, the fruit had largely escaped, leaving a soft though prominent acidic taste. The tannins have dwindled, as well, to the point of being non-existent. As the wine opened up, the fruit began to come through and the acid subsided to create an enjoyable balance, which complemented the grilled filet mignon we had for dinner. I've enjoyed this wine over the years and have appreciated the chance to see its development.
Having lived in Northern California for 25 years, I've had an ever-increasing interest in wine (especially red) and wine-food pairings. My favorite varietals are Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from Sonoma and Napa, Pinot Noir from Oregon, and Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone wines from France.