Mount Eden Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
Release Date: Spring 1998
To put it succinctly, the '95 Cabernet harvest was late, bountiful and stylish. A waiting game tested our nerves in the late October, but fortunately California's faithful Indian summer kicked in and gave us what winemakers always want...slowly, fully-ripened grapes. Harvest ended on Halloween day.
On the palate, minty, currant and plum flavors lead the attack, with fine grain tannins giving texture and youth to the finish. Not a big wine in scale it is more Bordeaux-like in its refined proportions and intriguing aromatics. Aged a full two years in new French Bordelaise barrels, a light egg white fining was given before being bottled unfiltered. One to two years are needed to reach maturity, and a drinking plateau of five to seven thereafter will be optimum.
Sorry, technical notes not available for this vintage.
88 points Robert Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate - December 1998
The 1995 regular cuvee of Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, sees 30% new American oak and 70% used French barrels. The dark ruby/purple-colored 1995 offers a firm, restrained nose of black currants, minerals, earth, and spicy oak. Medium-bodied, moderately tannic, and firmly structured, it requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 15+ years.