February 28 was Open That Bottle Night. OTBN asks that you take that special bottle of wine you've been saving for a special occasion, and just open it. No occasion is ever special enough, right?
We took advantage of OTBN to open a half-bottle of 2002 20th Anniversary Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Staglin Family Vineyards. Kevin picked up the wine as a gift for me a few years ago, from Jungle Jim's, to celebrate the anniversary of our first date. The half-bottle cost $70.
The color was a gorgeous garnet shade. The nose was laced with peppers and berries, plum, blueberries, and clove. Kevin called this "a really true wine" because everything in the aroma also showed up on the palate. In the mouth it was filled with all those flavors, and was rich and full – almost beefy. There was some toasted oak, but it was appropriate, accenting the wine instead of overpowering it. The tannins were there, but gentle. The entire package was well balanced and immensely enjoyable.
We probably could have let this wine alone for another 10 or so years, but it was Open That Bottle Night, and well, what the heck?
This was the kind of wine where you knew you should be savoring every sip. The worst thing about this wine is that we had to finish it at all. I was quite sad when I took my last drink, but thrilled to have tasted it. That's a good wine.
Do I need to mention? Our rating:
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