Last night I had the opportunity to enjoy a Terra Valentine 2001 Spring Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and it was splendid! I’m so glad we decided to open it. She was showing me the “nice” section of her wine rack, which mostly consisted of high-end wines that she “borrowed” from her dad while he wasn’t looking. The 2001 Terra Valentine caught my eye, out of a selection from Jarvis, Duckhorn, Gundlach Bundschu and others. I had tried some wines from Terra Valentina at a wine tasting event in San Francisco years ago, and I purchased their Sangiovese blend– which I adored. I have yet to visit the winery, but I think I will make a point to go on my next trip (the tasting room is appointment only and in the Spring Mountain district of Napa).
I convinced my friend that we should open the wine, my reasoning being a 2001 vintage would either be turned because of mediocre storage or taste incredible and should be drank now. We removed (part of) the cork and poured a small glass to sample. I decided it was going to be the latter and we decanted the rest through a strainer. We let it sit for about a half an hour before digging in.
The nose was chocolately, with hints of cedar, clove, dark berries, black cherries, and cinnamon. After my first whiff, I immediately asked if there was any dark chocolate in the house – fortunately, for us, there was some dark chocolate covered pecan brittle from the farmers market that did the trick. I smelled the wine for about two minutes before finally indulging in my first taste. The wine was incredibly smooth with very little acidity and a good balance of soft tannins, rounded out by a supple sweetness and a strong finish. In short, it was stellar.
Forman, thanks for sharing.