Andrew Geoffrey Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain 2006
The 2003 growing season in the Napa Valley was one of the strangest in history. With adequate rainfall from the winter months, budbreak took place in late March and early April. Mother Nature played some tricks on the vineyard by delivering over 5 inches of rain in late April and was not about to let us have another early harvest like there was in 2002. The rains slowed down all progression of the vines until the end of May with bloom taking place in late June. A warm summer with temperatures hovering in the high 80's followed. In September, a series of heat waves with temperatures above 105 degrees caused widespread sunburn and dehydration. The affected fruit, as much as 33% in some areas, had to be dropped. Picking began in 2003 with the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 6th and finished on October 17th. Cabernet Franc was harvest on October 15th and Petit Verdot on October 29th. The extended hang time insured that the fruit was as ripe as possible with mature tannins.
This cabernet is so earthy. it has depth and structure and a long finish. There is a marked difference with mountain cabs. The tannins are more pronounced but do become approachable. I find less fruit and more mineral aspects plus a dustyness.
Just finished a wine dinner with a vertical of Andrew Geoffrey from 2002 - 2007 (2006 isn't released yet and 2007 was a barrel tasting). I liked them all very much, but my favorite was 2005. It seemed to have a beautiful combination of the long finish of 2003 with the tanins and complexity of 2004. Lovely.
2005 Andrew Geoffrey Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark opaque purple. Dark fruits, blackberry, cassis, leather, some chocolate. Bold, rich, powerful and concentrated. Tannins are there but somewhat softened. Getting a hint of smoke. A super long finish. This truly is what a mountain cab is all about.
Very dark purple with aromas of dark fruits like plums and blackberries with a little damp earth. On the palate the fruits are very faint with hints of leather and an earthiness take over. The tannins are medium nd take over just before the finish. The finish was not as long as I would have expected. As high as the alcohol is, it never interferes with the wine itself. A well made wine with a lot of life left.
The color is very dark purple with aromas of dark fruit (mainly dark plum) along with dried dark cherry. On the palate initially very faint fruit until mid palate and back palate when you begin to pick up the dark fruit and a lot of cherry. Now dark chocolate and some spicy notes become apparent and then an earthiness finish. Throughout all of this, the gentle to medium tannins are doing their job. This wine is approaching full maturity. An amazing mountain cab.
Don' let this one get away. goes perfectly with any meat you put on the table. The bottle design is elegant too! Decant for at least 2 hrs.
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<p>The weather conditions at this vineyard forced the winemakers of this wine to drop over a third of their crop in 2003. The heat waves of September pushed the keepers of the Andrew Geoffrey vineyards to pick their fruit in late October, to insure the grapes maturation process and the correct amount of tannins for this fine wine. </p>
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