Wines From My Cellar & Others
Showket Vineyards was started in 1988 by Kal & Dorothy Showket. The winery is located in the hills overlooking Oakville and is above Silverado Trail. The vineyard has some very impressive neighbors such as Dala Valle, Joseph Phelps’ Backus Vineyards, Screaming Eagle and Rudd Estates.
The 2003 Showket is a Cabernet blend made by winemaker Heidi Barrett who grew to winemaker stardom from her days at Screaming Eagle. Wine Enthusiast magazine rated the 2003 Showket at 94 points while Cellar Tracker rated it at 92 points. I did not decant this. I did, however, open the bottle and let it sit at room temperature for several hours.
The wine’s color was a rich purple. The nose was a little soft but the aromas were fruity with a hint of smokiness. The mouth-feel was velvety and the palate had a nice concentration of fruit. It was well rounded. The tannins were structured and the finish was dry and of a nice length.
I believe that the 2003 vintage of this wine has reached its prime and should be consumed now. I enjoyed the wine and recommend you try Showket Wines if you have the opportunity. Wines are available through the Vintner’s Collective in Napa (phone: 707-255-7150 or the website) or from the various internet marketers.