1999 Valley of the Moon Cuvée de la Luna

This wine was tasted for Open That Bottle Night 2011 on Palate Press: the online wine magazine.

The cork was a little soft and I lost a couple centimeters of it to the bottle. This wine is definitely showing some age. Garnet in color with a brick rim. On the nose it has definite aromas of dried fruit—cherry, plum, raisins—lots of spice, some vanilla, dried flowers, earth, the slightest hint of bell pepper, and what I think is a little Brett. It’s dry and rich on the palate, medium intensity, medium-light acidity, super soft tannins. Lots of dried fruit and floral flavors come through on the palate as well. Black fruit: plums especially. And a little cola. Definitely some brighter cherry on the finish.

WHO: Valley of the Moon
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
WHERE: Sonoma County, California
WHEN: 1999
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