External Reviews for Michel-Schlumberger Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley
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.
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.
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.
Straightforward, with currant, plum, pleasant oak shadings and a firm herbal twinge that finishes bitter. Drink now through 2006.