Old wine is not always good wine but many times it can be. Recently, one of my favorite Virginia wineries put a few of their older bottles that I guess they had laying around their cellar up for sale. I think they were $30 each other $25 if you bought all four. The ages ranged from 1999 to 2006. With most Virginia wines being over $20 in most cases anyways this seemed like a steal.
The first bottle in this collection is the 1999 Cooper Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. The bottle has a completely different look with a very simple black and gold label and a cork that looks like it was hand cranked in. This is where this great winery began. The year they opened was 1999 as well.
Of course, because of all of this there are no tasting notes so I will give you what the back of the bottle states:
Cooper Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich full bodied wine. Created from mature Virginia grown vinifera grapes that have undergone cool, small lot fermentation, extended maceration, and French oak barrel aging, this wine is enjoyable by itself, or with roasted meats, game, or fowl.
So how was it?
Color – Dark red with a slight red brick around the edges.
Nose – I feel that all Virginia red wines have a certain scent I can never describe and this one smell like an old version of that. Some leather and little bit of fruit.
Taste – Dark chocolate, spice, with some black cherry.
Finish – Medium with high acid and low tannins.
Overall, this was a really smooth good well aged Virginia wine. In fact, it could have probably aged for longer. It is medium-bodied and has really held up. A little lighter than I though it still has good complex flavors.