Monday, June 26, 2006

TN: 2002 Worthy Cellar "Sophia's Cuvee", Napa Valley

$30/750ml. A Bodeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petite verdot.

Decanted 2 hours prior. Served at 65F in Spiegelau Bordeaux glass.

This was a beautiful wine made by Bob Egelhoff, the winemaker of David Arthur, AXIOS, and other artisan wineries. There are conflicting reports out there, however, that the winemaker of the Worthy label is actually Constantine "Gus" Kalaris, the owner and a well known wine businessman -- he also owns the super premium Napa label Axios as well as Truth -- while Egelhoff just handles Axios' winemaking.

A focused, perfumed, Bordeaux-like "nose" of blackberries, dark cherries, cedar, with well-integrated oak. However, it's quintessentially Napa in its bigness, broadness and full body characteristics. Elegant and sexy! Tastes like an expensive Napa cabernet, so at $30 it's a very good wine for it's price! I'm glad I bought six of this. Will open another in 6-12 months to see how it progresses in the bottle.

4 stars (vg, especially considering the price!)

PS: Maybe I'm daughter's name is Sophia.

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