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Sloan Estate

The wines crafted by Sloan Estate are wildly popular and praised by professional critics and aficionados, yet the winery itself remains one of the most private and guarded in the New World. The ultra-prime 12 acre estate vineyard was established by David Abreu in the coveted Rutherford AVA, planted with Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. When the initial 2000 vintage was released in 2004, it was clear Sloan Estate’s luscious, dense and complex Bordeaux Blends are not to be taken lightly. With a limited annual production of 600 cases, 100-point scores by Robert Parker, and a super-exclusive mailing list reserved for the most elite and long-standing oenophiles, amassing Sloan Estate wines is next to impossible; but Benchmark Wine Group has your back.

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2002
2 In Stock
750ml
WA100
WE100
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Tasting Notes

WE100
Impossibly aromatic. Hard to imagine greater claret perfume. Shows the most refined mingling of smoky oak, cassis, cherries, roasted coconut macaroon, cocoa puff and spice scents. Absolutely first rate, as good as anything Napa Valley…
WA100
The perfect score does not surprise me since I had given this wine a three-digit rating after bottling. However, I was surprised by how evolved and complex the 2002 has become. Compared to some of the other high scoring 2002s, Sloan’s offering seems to be on a faster evolutionary track. There is nothing wrong with that, but based on this one bottle, this blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot can be drunk now or cellared for another 10-12 years. I do not think it will be one of the blockbuster, extremely long-lived wines of the vintage, but I could be wrong, because everything is in perfect balance. It offers a dense plum/garnet/purple color, a sweet nose of roasted espresso, chocolate, spring flowers, blackberries, black currants and new saddle leather, an opulent, voluptuous texture, gorgeous, layered flavors, lots of glycerin, sweet, silky tannin and a phenomenal finish. If you own any of this beauty, don’t hesitate to drink it.

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