2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate,
Dry Creek Valley
Richard planted our Cabernet Sauvignon vines on our Dry Creek Valley home estate in 1970 and has replanted some of the vines over time as nature necessitated. The Rued family has been farming this particular piece of land since 1957. It is located on Dry Creek Valley benchland that provides abundant sunshine and fertile soil, allowing us to fully ripen our Cabernet while controlling yield. The 2005 vintage gave us an extended growing season, despite unusually warm weather in early spring. However, cooler temperates in late spring and early summer lengthened the growing season giving our Cabernet extra time on the vine in 2005.
Tasting Notes and Observations
We produced only 280 cases of this richly flavored estate wine. The near opaque color is purple/ruby to the eye. Aromas of black current, chocolate, ripe cherries, vanilla and nutmeg reside inside a faint halo of violet notes. This Cab expands on the palate with smooth tannins that envelope its medium body. More black current, bing cherry, pepper, and hints of mint make this a delicious and substantial Dry Creek Valley Cabernet. We expect it to arrive at peak maturity around 2012 and drink beautifully for many years thereafter.
We believe this wine would be perfect for pairing with grilled beef, leg of lamb or even dark chocolate out of the wrapper.