Lot 35 Yountville Cabernet 2005
Notes: Black color with purple rim. This wine is still an infant and just emerging from bottle shock. Wow! Distinctly different nose here. It will begin to flesh out and develop even more bottle bouquet over the next few months and change considerably over the next year. This wine has outstanding overall structure. Tight on the nose, showing hints of blueberry and blackberry with sweet prunes and hint of eucalyptus. On the palate, a dusty earth emerges with black cherries, currant, tea leaf, and sage. Currant fruit and chocolate will emerge over time. Interesting mineral components linger throughout, suggesting a more Bordeaux-like structure and long ageing potential. A brilliant, lingering finish offers well-integrated tannins with a kiss of vanilla, white pepper, and toasty oak. Cameron Confidential: Like Lot 34, this is grower wine with much of the same set of circumstances: Grower contracts were not renewed during the wine glut that started back in '01, and the grower is forced to make wine and bulk it out. High-quality, conscientiously made wines are imperative to sell against a much-oversupplied bulk market. Like the Rutherford, this wine is made with entirely new 100% French oak. Yountville is a good 5 miles south of Rutherford and considerably cooler with very different soil structures (volcanic loam for better drainage), resulting in wines of greater concentration, color, and fruit. The cooler days contribute to a more Bordeaux-like structure. Think Pauillac. Significant vanilla and toast, courtesy of new French oak. This wine will age easily another 10+ years.
Heady nose of chocolate and fruit. Still too young - I was told to wait until after Christmas, but wanted to try it. A bit closed, but will develop with age. Deep black fruits - prunes, blackberries etc. Good amount of oak. A finish on eucalyptus.
Super dark black color. The edges are the lightest purple. The nose is all cassis and camphor with a touch of Bing cherry. The palate shows same cassis filled profile with that has those cherries, but now they are he dried type, some tar, some soy, and a slightly elevated acid level. The tannins are in check but surely present. The finish is slightly metallic. You know, I get this wine. It's $14 and is actually quite a decent QPR for that. It’s not too dissimilar to say Mondavi Napa or Beringer Knights Valley. It pleases and delivers pure cab driven enjoyment.
Good solid wine with rich round mouthfeel. Tannins are present but behaved. Fruit is black cherry, juicy berries, hint of coffee. Nose is a little unusual at first, but not off-putting. Decant and give some time to aerate.
A deep red wine in color but that's about it. Disappointing for a CH wine. No substance. No finish.
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