The 2002 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon was the winning bottle in the October Installment of Pick My Next Bottle.
Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty established PlumpJack Winery in 1995, inspired by one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters, Sir John “PlumpJack” Falstaff. PlumpJack Winery sits squarely in the heart of Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville region, surrounded by a 42-acre estate vineyard highly regarded for the quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon. Aaron Miller is the winemaker at PlumpJack.
PlumpJack holds a special place in my heart: My wife and I were married at their Squaw Valley Inn and served PlumpJack Merlot and Chardonnay at our wedding.
Purple in color. 14.6% ABV. Fantastic nose of black fruits, plums, cedar and leather. Plush, concentrated and exceptionally well balanced. Full bodied with dark fruits in spades. Black currants, cassis liqueur, licorice and chocolate on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. At 18 years of age the silky tannins are deftly matched by gorgeous Cabernet fruit. Stunning wine that is aging gracefully. This will make 20 years of age without question. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 96 points.
The 2016 PlumpJack Cabernet Sauvignon was recently released and can be obtained at retail and the winery for right around $140. The winery is also a great place to visit on your next trip to Napa Valley.