Eponymous Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005
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%
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
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
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.