Arbios Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2005
Arbios Cellars produces only one wine - made from 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown on a mountain top vineyard in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County. Arbios Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted in classic Bordeaux style to have moderate alcohol and good fruit character – a balance between Old World and New World wines. Although Bill has a successful track record crafting blended wines, he now prefers the additional challenges and artistry that go into making our wine from a single vineyard.
Arbios Cellars/Praxis Cellars is a small California family wine business. Bill Arbios makes the wine ( he has never done anything else professsionally) and Susan handles much of the rest. Arbios Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is our flagship wine while five Praxis wines are priced for more “everyday” drinking.
Editorial Reviews for Arbios Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
This is minty and green on the nose with a vigorous leafy element that recalls carrot tops adding complexity to the oak inflected cedar and coffee notes on the nose. There’s a nice bed of fruit lurking underneath with crisp, candied red cherry tones. Broad on entry with very soft tannins and moderate acidity supporting fresh, chewy, almost grapy fruit. The mid-palate seems some nice spicy tones added to the red berry fruit that turns a bit more raspberry scented in the mouth and gains a nice minty edge. On the finish the very well managed tannins reveal themselves as they drive the lightly fruity final. All around a fairly typical Alexander Valley Cabernet that combine a rich, soft feel with red fruit and herbal elements. I would like to see a bit better focus on the mid-palate, but this is complete and enjoyable 89pts
Food Pairings for Arbios Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
The 2005 Arbios Cabernet is deep garnet in color with rich purple overtones. Aromas of violets, raspberry and plum are accented by vanilla, cedar, spice and hazelnuts. Generous blackberry and sour cherry flavors fill the mouth, followed by hints of clove and vanilla. The wine is supple with a nice medium bodied structure, moderate tannins, balanced acidity and long finish.
1800 cases produced.
Aged 24 months in French Oak.
Notes: 30% new oak barrels
|Alcohol: 13.6%||pH: 3.6|
|Sugar: .02 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 6.4 grams per liter|
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