- 2002 Neal Family Cabernet Sauvignon One Lane Bridge - USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder (12/27/2005)
I made a mistake in opening this wine too soon, thinking it was a regular 2002 Neal cab. Very dark ruby with an almost off putting nose of pure vanilla extract at first. Once I swirled the wine and the blackberries, smoke and chocolate came forth and the vanilla subsided a bit this wine started to rock. This is a velvety, full bodied wine that is shy on the tannin (which is a bit dusty) and provides a good marriage between the often hard to reconcile new world fruit and elegance. This last trait is why I like Mark Neal's wines. I don't know how he does it, but his wines are never "in your face" despite their concetration and flavor depth.
With more cellar time to get the vanilla under control, I'll score this one higher no doubt. (92 pts.)