1997 Liparita

Tried this wine again for the 3rd time. The first two times, I was perplexed because the wine was thin, closed and had nothing going for it. I just could not understand the low 90's rating.

Last night, the wine opened up a little more, but it had a grapey zin-like nose and flavor. Still very simple and not very attractive.

Of the 30 cases of 97 California Cabs that I bought based on the WS California issue that focused on the 97's, IMO 1/3 were rated correctly, 1/3 were rated high and 1/3 were rated way too high. When a 97 BV Tapestry (a good wine that I like) is rated within 1 point of a 97 Screaming Eagle (which is in a different class), I guess I should have taken the rest of the advice with a grain of salt.

Although I am a big supporter of WS, the erratic ratings of California cabs is not representative of the high quality of the rest of the magazine.
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