Michel-Schlumberger Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2005

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2004 almacen del vino $36.99-$16.00 $20.00

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Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate:
The estate was founded in 1979 and named Domaine Michel by Jean-Jacques Michel. A native of Switzerland, Michel formed a special attachment to Sonoma County. After a two-year search, he planted his roots in Dry Creek Valley because of its cooler microclimates and its abundance of well-defined benchlands (his model was as much the uplifted benches of the Mc Peninsula as Napa's Rutherford Bench).... Read more
The estate was founded in 1979 and named Domaine Michel by Jean-Jacques Michel. A native of Switzerland, Michel formed a special attachment to Sonoma County. After a two-year search, he planted his roots in Dry Creek Valley because of its cooler microclimates and its abundance of well-defined benchlands (his model was as much the uplifted benches of the Mc Peninsula as Napa's Rutherford Bench). He found a series of benchland soils in the Valley's Wine Creek Canyon with excellent exposures that were especially well contoured for growing grapes. With his partner Ridgely Bullock, Michel planted fifty acres of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, and chardonnay-uncommon varieties for Dry Creek Valley, then and now. Today Michel-Schlumberger has a well-earned reputation for its excellent Bordeaux varieties. We have long believed in blending these varieties for complexity, and our red wines have harnessed the ripe, raw power of the new world with the elegant reins of the old. For example, our merlot has consistently shown well-knit aromatics and richly structured flavors-unusual characteristics for what is known in California as a soft, "entry-level" wine. Likewise our cabernet is prized for its classic claret balance, depth of fruit, and nuance. These are wines of finesse. The special growing conditions of Dry Creek Valley give its wines a character of elegance. The relatively cool growing season nourishes a distinctive balance in the Valley's grapes, ripening them slowly and evenly. The French would say point, or just right. Both red and white wine grapes retain a measure of acidity, lending themselves to making exuberant wines with lively flavors. The red wine grapes also typically have healthy levels of tannins. These are unabashed tannins, and the better cabernets in particular wear them like a nicely tailored suit. Acidity provides freshness and lift; tannins provide immense flavor interest that bring a person back again and again. Both allow a wine to age handsomely. Notched into the western edge of Dry Creek Valley like a small amphitheater, Wine Creek Canyon nicely sets the stage for ripening point. The Canyon juts into the coastal range just at Dry Creek's temperate mid-section, piercing the Valley's western flank. Michel-Schlumberger's rolling benches buttress the Canyon's northern hillsides, and generally slope south, an exposure that gives them a full day's worth of sun. At the same time, vineyards on these benches are closer to the ocean than most-the Pacific is only seventeen miles away. Shortly after five o'clock the ocean air arrives, and during the ripening season Michel-Schlumberger's vineyards are among the first to cool down. At the end of a working day, if you were to walk along the forest at the western edge of our vineyards, you would experience this change of climate firsthand. It is the time of day when the sun has closed upon the horizon and shadows are cast long over the vines. Ahead, on the terraced uplands to the north, grow the treasured Jackson clones of cabernet. Most of those vines are still in sunlight, and should you step out into that light, you would feel the heat of a western day. But here in the shadows a distinctly cool and constant breeze has begun to flow out of the trees and into the vineyards. This breeze feels remarkably like air conditioning. Its noteworthy cooling power goes a long way toward explaining how grapes in this little pocket canyon can ripen fully, and succulently, without losing their composure. Tasting Room We offer wine tasting and a tour of the estate to guests by appointment at 11:00am or 2:00pm daily. Read less
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Member Reviews for Michel-Schlumberger Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley

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Snooth User: Jlvan729
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0.00 5
01/29/2013

2004 almacen del vino $36.99-$16.00 $20.00


Snooth User: grunkiejr
739756247
2.00 5
04/20/2011

Two glasses


Snooth User: dbhonig
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/15/2009

Partial notes as part of a live tasting: 2 Days per Bottle here, so I started last night. Mulberry jam & tobacco leaves, then ... wait for it .. Tobasco! Just for a second or two. On the palate, verry tannic, even bitter, with blackcurrants and violets hiding beneath.


Snooth User: jschneid
3325456
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 12/20/2009

Paired well with steak, pepper


Snooth User: zytheus
48705251
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 05/25/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: freakdafunk
3245073
4.50 5
Vintage: 1998 09/16/2008

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
3.50 5
Vintage: 1994 02/25/2009

A correct but otherwise lackluster bottle. Very good deep garnet with purple tinged edges. A muted nose od cassis and medium dark currant. The palate reveals som, repeat some subdued fruits of dark black cherries, currants, slight cassis, and a hint of cedar box. Nice tannins level and acid. More fruits would have been appreciated, but at 13 years old, you get what you get. A decent bottle of Napa Cabernet, just not exciting enough to warrant higher praise.


External Reviews for Michel-Schlumberger Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The minute you open this wine you suspect something special is in the offing. The cork is stained and covered in the most beautiful gunk I have ever seen. It smells of wonderful muted spice like anise and fennel and a wisp of cedar and pepper. Some cassis and a little scorched earthy orange marmalade. The tannins are there, but oh, so velvety. This bottle has aged beautifully. After you have a glass, look at the cork and you will find what looks like diamonds appearing. Even if they were real I would still prefer the wine in my glass. The finish is remarkably long for the price. Enjoy this before the vintage is gone for good.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Straightforward, with currant, plum, pleasant oak shadings and a firm herbal twinge that finishes bitter. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

This estate Cabernet spent full two years in French oak barrels to help shape the broad tannins. Flavors of plum, freshly crushed cherry and a myriad of spices dance on the palate. Give this a quick decant to pair with your favorite cut of beef.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

What an amazing bottle of wine! Estate grown, produced and bottled, so the winemakers have complete control over every aspect of production. The resulting wine is spice-driven and robust, with elegant layers of black fruits, allspice, star anise and smoke. Touches of Cabernet Franc and Merlot have been blended in to add roundness and a supple texture. A real winner, this wine is an excellent accompaniment to spice-crusted lamb, pork roast or a thick, peppery steak.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The dark color of this wine impresses immediately. When first opened the aromas of leather, plum, chocolate and creamed raspberry jump from the glass. The first thing to hit the palate is dark chocolate, coconut oil and tooth-coating tannins. After being open about 20 minutes, aromas of cedar, spice and eucalyptus are very pronounced. Luscious, pillowy fruit with tannic backbone greets the palate. After 40 minutes this wine really hits its stride. The smell of heated cocoa powder and the mouth-watering taste of savory beef juices just makes this wine amazing to me at this price point. Enjoy it now, or save for a couple years if you have the willpower. My guess is the willpower will lose.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal




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