For a weekend of wine, cheese, grilled steaks and sports on the TV, I pulled a casual sipping serious drinking vintage Napa Cabernet. We discovered Liparita wines during our mid-nineties trips to Napa when we attended barrel tastings at the Oakville crush and storage facility with Gove Celia, winemaker at the time. I think that that Liparita is totally unrelated to the current era label of the same name. This is one of the last remaining bottles that we hold from that era. This was ideal with grilled steak dinner with mashed potatoes and brie cheese plate.
At sixteen years of age, this bottle is likely nearing the end of its prime drinking window although it isn't showing any serious diminution yet. Dark blackish garnet colored, medium-full bodied, black fruits are overtaken by a layer of earth, creosote and smoke with hints of black olive, intermixed with tones of black cherry turning to a tangy layer of tannins on the lingering finish.
RM 87 points.