Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Godspeed Ageing Slowly!

One of my first posts was about the mountain men who make mountain wine high about the Napa Valley floor. Last time I tasted the 1998 Godspeed Cabernet Sauvignon it was very tannic. This time it was very tannic. Five years from now it will probably be very tannic, thirty years from now, like the 1976 Burgess Zin, it may well still be very tannic, but you know what, after being left in the decanter for 48 hours, a sleeping beauty emerged with lots of gorgeous black fruit medium to big body and just traces of tannin in the finish. This wine was built to last! Maybe the one hour equals one year rule applies and the wine will be at its peak in 2046. Anyway, you can enjoy it now by decanting two days in advance. I told Larry Stricker that he needed to soften this wine for the current market, but not everybody wants to make fruitbombs. We wish Larry Godspeed.


  • At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you for your entertainly frank review. Have you had an opportunity to taste the 1996 Godspeed Cabernet Sauvignon?


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