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Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley Réserve Spéciale 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Every few years we are able to produce a Réserve Spéciale Cabernet Sauvignon, when collaboration between winemaking and terroir is near perfection. It is our signature wine composed of our finest barrels, and fruit from neighboring vineyards in Sonoma Valley. Lush, layered and complex, this wine captures the fingerprint of the varietal, the character of the terroir, and our finest representation of the vintage. The 2005 Réserve Spéciale features fruit from four of the finest benchland and mountain sites in Sonoma Valley: Lasseter Vineyard, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Murray Ranch, and Smothers-Remick Ridge Vineyards. These vineyards produce fruit with weight and concentration allowing for extended aging in French and American oak barrels.

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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wi... Read more
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wine for more than four decades. Before founding Arrowood, he was winemaker and the first employee at Chateau St. Jean. There he produced the winery's first releases: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a wine that may have very well put Chateau St. Jean on the map - a Select Late Harvest Riesling. Arrowood Winery opened while Richard was still the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and for the first three years Alis ran the winery while Richard fulfilled his obligations at Chateau St. Jean. She dragged hoses in the cellar, topped barrels and ran the bottling line. She spent weekends entertaining, giving tours and hosting wine tastings. The first Arrowood wines were released in 1988. Read less

Tasting Notes:

Rich, enticing and complex from the first swirl, this wine opens with aromatics of black cherry, black berry, toast, and crème de cassis. These notes gracefully introduce the palate with a harmonious blend of plump berry fruits, notes of cedar, and well integrated tannins on the long, lingering finish.

Every few years we are able to produce a Réserve Spéciale Cabernet Sauvignon, when collaboration between winemaking and terroir is near perfection. It is our signature wine composed of our finest barrels, and fruit from neighboring vineyards in Sonoma Valley. Lush, layered and complex, this wine captures the fingerprint of the varietal, the character of the terroir, and our finest representation of the vintage. The 2005 Réserve Spéciale features fruit from four of the finest benchland and mountain sites in Sonoma Valley: Lasseter Vineyard, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Murray Ranch, and Smothers-Remick Ridge Vineyards. These vineyards produce fruit with weight and concentration allowing for extended aging in French and American oak barrels.

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3,540 cases produced.

Aged 24 months in American Oak.

Aged 24 months in French Oak.

Notes: Aged in French and American oak barrels for 24 months, select lots blended and returned to French oak barrels for an additional six months of aging; bottled unfined, unfiltered

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.9% pH: 3.4
Total Acidity: 0.79 grams per liter

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