A Vertical of Forman WinesBy
Yes, it was a crazy kind of tasting last night in VINO, which was spearheaded by2 of the regulars. Interestingly, we all share a real appreciation for Napa Valley’s Ric Forman and his wines. (There is another post on this site with a picture or 2 of the vineyard itself).
Here was the “lead off batter”…..showcasing the same graphite/pencil lead/gravel character typically found in Forman’s red wines & therefore found in the bevy of Cabernets tasted later. This one has a little more plumpness in the middle. We were so impressed how remarkably youthful this wine still is.
From here we did 3 flights of Forman Cabernet Sauvignons, in a particular order, with the intent of each wine strutting its stuff in the best light possible.
FLIGHT #1 (in order–left to right)–1991, 1990, 1992 & 1995
1991–probably the lightest of the group in weight, but very elegant, refined, classy.
1990–such a lovely, suave, well polished aristocrat
1992–I was very surprised with how youthful this wine seemed.
1995–here was the “alpha” of the group. Lots of vigor & structure still.
(Right to Left)
1984–It was the weakest wine of the night. I didn’t think, however, it was a comment on the wine….more about the storage.
1986–a VERY impressive wine still–layers of complexity, nuance, terrific harmony with youth & vigor in the core.
1985–the ‘alpha” of the group–lots of character & structure. Wow!
(Left to Right)
1993–a very elegant, suave (though tight), classy wine with a gorgeous gravel perfume.
1994–another classy wine with lots of the graphite/pencil lead/gravel character
1997–for many, the wine of the night! It had everything & in all the right places. It was also the most showy.
2009 Chardonnay (final wine of the night)
Ric Forman’s only white wine, at least as far as I know. The fruit comes from Forman’s Rutherford Star Vineyard, which I believe was planted in 1980. The wine is whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented….sur lie for 7 months….aged in barrel for 9 months….and sees NO ML. Gorgeous, classy, transparent & wonderfully nuanced….an ideal way to end the tasting!