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Eponymous Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005

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This Vintage of Eponymous Cabernet benefited from both an excellent growing season and the experienced gained from working with the vineyard for six years. In 2005 there was only one heat spike in July, but August was relatively mild temperatures with a cooler than normal September and October. This allowed for gradual maturation of the fruit, the all important longer "hang time", and wonderful character in the resulting wine. The wine exudes complex notes as soon as it is poured. The aromas offer scents of ripe plum, violets, berries, currents and spice that are well integrated. Held to the light, this elegant wine shimmers with a stunning deep purple-scarlet color that announces the intensity of the grapes. The palate is equal to the lush color and bold aromas. Eponymous 2005 has tremendous presence and yet is in wonderful harmony with soft, accessible tannins adding appropriate structure to this alluring wine.100% Cabernet20 months in OakAlcohol 14.3%

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Eponymous started as an opportunity to work with grapes that I felt would produce some of the best hillside Cabernet in Napa Valley. I think the first 3 vintages bear this feeling out. The urge was too great to pass up, even though upon rational reflection based on my many years in the business, I should have known better from a business perspective. Be that as it may I am having fun(so much so... Read more
Eponymous started as an opportunity to work with grapes that I felt would produce some of the best hillside Cabernet in Napa Valley. I think the first 3 vintages bear this feeling out. The urge was too great to pass up, even though upon rational reflection based on my many years in the business, I should have known better from a business perspective. Be that as it may I am having fun(so much so that my passion for working with unknown vineyards which I think will produce superb wines has stirred again); who knows, maybe one day I will even see a positive cash flow. My second wine under the Eponymous banner is a red wine, bordeaux blend, from a single vineyard within 250 feet of the ridge of Mount Veeder in the Mayacamus Range. It is just on the Sonoma side, hence the Sonoma Valley Appellation,(silly as that sounds being almost on the ridge of part of the Coast Range). The Mount Veeder Appellation stops at the Napa-Sonoma County Line. This vineyard was planted 6 years ago by a truely passionate vineyard manager, and still managed today by Javier Renteria. Javier and I have complete control of the farming. It is hillside farming as might be expected near the ridge. It is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Working with the first crop from this vineyard for Javier, I realized the potential, and tied up the vineyard starting with the 2003 harvest. All 3 varieties produce wonderful fruit, with the Cabernet Franc possibly the best expression of this variety I have worked with. Early on I realized that as good as each variety was, the blend of the three produced a remarkable wine. A blend that has complexity, depth, and structure, but with a finesse that I think is the hallmark of a great Bordeaux Blend. Even though all varieties are planted on the same site, the planting decisions were based on slope, exposure and degree of morning and afternoon sun. Yields on the Cabernet have never been greater than 2.3 tons/acre, and the Merlot and Franc have never produced 2 tons/acre. Will there be a continuing expansion of the Eponymous product line? Certainly not right away. But if I find a site, probably somewhere on the West Coast, that I think will produce another variety in an exceptional manner be it white or red or a blend of either, that uncontrollable urge may hit again Read less

Member Reviews for Eponymous Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
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4.00 5
03/12/2011

Smooth.


Snooth User: discern
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4.00 5
10/01/2010

Maybe the sale price of $20 influenced my palate, but this 2005 Eponymous Cabernet Sauvignon did not disappoint. Frankly, I didn't know what to expect. I was browsing for a bottle of wine at the NH state liquor store and saw what seemed to be quite a bargain. I fought back that to-good-to-be-true feeling and bought it anyway. And I'm very glad I did. This wine exhibited all the characteristics of some of the more expensive wines I've been fortunate enough to taste over the years.


External Reviews for Eponymous Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
04/20/2010

The aromas offer scents of ripe plum, violets, berries, currants and spice that are well-integrated. Held to the light, this elegant wine shimmers with a stunning deep purple-scarlet color that announces the intensity of the grapes. The palate is equal to the lush color and bold aromas. Flavors mimic the nose, with added nuances of roasted coffee bean and nutmeg.


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Source: We Speak Wine
10/20/2010

Needs some time in the cellar to resolve the ponderous tannins, and to let the extremely ripe fruit marry with the oak overlay. With strong flavors of blackberries, currants, plums, dark chocolate and cedar, it should start to knit together after 2010. S.H. Clean, ripe, pure black cherry and red currant flavors are elegant and stylish, with a burst of tart berry fruit and firm tannins evident on the finish. Score range: 89-91 -JL


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/20/2011

WE: 89 Points WS: 89-91 Points



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This Vintage of Eponymous Cabernet benefited from both an excellent growing season and the experienced gained from working with the vineyard for six years. In 2005 there was only one heat spike in July, but August was relatively mild temperatures with a cooler than normal September and October. This allowed for gradual maturation of the fruit, the all important longer "hang time", and wonderful character in the resulting wine. The wine exudes complex notes as soon as it is poured. The aromas offer scents of ripe plum, violets, berries, currents and spice that are well integrated. Held to the light, this elegant wine shimmers with a stunning deep purple-scarlet color that announces the intensity of the grapes. The palate is equal to the lush color and bold aromas. Eponymous 2005 has tremendous presence and yet is in wonderful harmony with soft, accessible tannins adding appropriate structure to this alluring wine.100% Cabernet20 months in OakAlcohol 14.3%

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