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Château la Rose Tour Blanche Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Contrôlée 2005

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2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Deep purple-black in color, the 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displays aromas of black currant, cassis and spice. This powerful, full bodied wine is packed with the rich flavors of ripe dark fruit. Tannins are silky and smooth, resulting in a seamless yet intense wine of structure and balance. Enjoy this Cabernet Sauvignon now, or age it for an additional 5-10 years. APPELLATION: Napa Valley COMPOSITION: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot FERMENTATION: closed-top tanks with pumpovers; 25 days with skin contact AGING: 17 months in French oak barrels, 25% new ACID: 6.0 g/L pH: 3.65 ALCOHOL: 13.5% SOIL TYPE: gravelly clay loams AGE OF VINES: average of 12 years old HARVESTED: September 22 - October24, 2005 BOTTLING: July 2007 PRODUCTION: 40,000 cases produced RELEASE DATE: April 2008 Early budbreak in February was followed by a cool March and April with above-average rainfall. A heat spike in May actually burned some leaves, but the quality of the fruit was not affected. June was cool again, with the highest rainfall in history. Vineyards on heavy ground suffered with excessive vigor and extremely high mildew pressure. July and August were cool, but August 29 to 31 were extremely hot and caused some Pinot Noir dehydration and vine stress. The first week in September was unusually cool again. Then the Indian summer began and continued into November. Harvest started August 29 with Sauvignon Blanc and finished October 24 with Cabernet Sauvignon. In general, the wines are exceptional, with ripe flavors and very well balanced acids and tannins. An excellent Clos Du Val year.

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External Reviews for Château la Rose Tour Blanche Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Contrôlée

External Review
Source: Grand Wine Cellar
06/28/2013

Big blackberry fruit and plenty of mineral and earth. Give this wine sometime to soften. Seriuos wine for the price. 60% Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

Good/Very Good by Wall Street Journal Big, blackberry fruit and plenty of minerals and earth. Give this some time to soften. Serious wine for the price.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
02/08/2008

Smooth yet spicy, sophisticated but earthy, this bright new wine has all the characteristics you'd expect from Rosemount--and at a great price too! Enjoy it with simple, flavorful meat, chicken or pasta dishes.



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2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Deep purple-black in color, the 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displays aromas of black currant, cassis and spice. This powerful, full bodied wine is packed with the rich flavors of ripe dark fruit. Tannins are silky and smooth, resulting in a seamless yet intense wine of structure and balance. Enjoy this Cabernet Sauvignon now, or age it for an additional 5-10 years. APPELLATION: Napa Valley COMPOSITION: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot FERMENTATION: closed-top tanks with pumpovers; 25 days with skin contact AGING: 17 months in French oak barrels, 25% new ACID: 6.0 g/L pH: 3.65 ALCOHOL: 13.5% SOIL TYPE: gravelly clay loams AGE OF VINES: average of 12 years old HARVESTED: September 22 - October24, 2005 BOTTLING: July 2007 PRODUCTION: 40,000 cases produced RELEASE DATE: April 2008 Early budbreak in February was followed by a cool March and April with above-average rainfall. A heat spike in May actually burned some leaves, but the quality of the fruit was not affected. June was cool again, with the highest rainfall in history. Vineyards on heavy ground suffered with excessive vigor and extremely high mildew pressure. July and August were cool, but August 29 to 31 were extremely hot and caused some Pinot Noir dehydration and vine stress. The first week in September was unusually cool again. Then the Indian summer began and continued into November. Harvest started August 29 with Sauvignon Blanc and finished October 24 with Cabernet Sauvignon. In general, the wines are exceptional, with ripe flavors and very well balanced acids and tannins. An excellent Clos Du Val year.

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