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1997 Arrowood Vineyards and Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
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About Arrowood Vineyards and Winery

Chardonnay and Cabernet are the most important varieties from a commercial standpoint at Arrowood, but the Viogniers and unusually rich barrel-aged Pinot Blanc have been consistently excellent for many years...

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1997 Arrowood Vineyards and Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

Producer: Arrowood Vineyards and Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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87-88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 1999

Deep ruby. Blueberry, leather, game and an inky, menthol austerity on the nose. Plump in the middle but slightly green around the edges. I don't find the even ripeness of the vintage here. Finishes with tongue-dusting tannins and a repeating green streak.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Fab Cab
by John G
the only Sonoma cab that really ranks top notch; Dick Arrowood nails this wine every year but especially did a great job in 1997. Aged it and drank when it was 10 years old and it tasted fresh, young with fruit but had mellowed just enough to remove any 'edges'
by Winedog
I just tasted this, and it seems as if the maturation of this wine Mr. Tanzer speaks of is right on the money. Beautiful texture with delicious tannins which I'm sure will show more exquisite in time.
Arrowood 1997 Cab
by syrah10075119
I had this wine in a restaurant the other night and was highly impressed with its character. Considered an outstanding vintage in Napa, this Sonoma wine exhibited some of the best notes of the better Napa wines. The nose was very well developed for a '97, with the rounded and balanced taste of a much older wine. A great value for the price to hold or cellar.


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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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