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Moon Mountain Vineyard Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

The rich, complex flavors of the 2005 Moon Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon reflect both the diversity and synergy of grapes grown in Sonoma’s soils and climatic regions. “The expansive aromas and mouthfilling flavors of this wine are thick with dark cherry, cassis and smoky spices,” said Winemaker Carol Wilson. “The ripe dark fruit flavors, supported by velvety tannins, culminate in an elegant finish that lingers with bittersweet chocolate and spice nuances.” The 2005 vintage provided long hangtime for notably rich Cabernet Sauvignon character with balanced acidity. Heavy winter rains during vine dormancy gave way to a dry, mild March. Significant rains returned in April and May, delaying bloom but not affecting berry set. Summer temperatures were desirably mild, with few heat spikes. September’s fog and cool temperatures slowed sugar accumulation, and then perfect conditions arrived in October for a late harvest. We finished picking Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine in late October, resulting in fully-developed flavors and silky mature tannins.

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Moon Mountain:
Moon Mountain Vineyard is located high on the Sonoma Valley side of Mount Veeder, at nearly the 2,000-foot elevation. The steep, southern-facing slopes consist of soils called the Sonoma Volcanics, which are derived from rock, volcanic ash and lava. These soils, combined with the rigors of growing on the mountainside, push the vines to work harder, resulting in small, intensely flavored fruit. ... Read more
Moon Mountain Vineyard is located high on the Sonoma Valley side of Mount Veeder, at nearly the 2,000-foot elevation. The steep, southern-facing slopes consist of soils called the Sonoma Volcanics, which are derived from rock, volcanic ash and lava. These soils, combined with the rigors of growing on the mountainside, push the vines to work harder, resulting in small, intensely flavored fruit. To balance these rugged conditions, we organically farm each row to gently enhance the complexity of the vineyard by creating a rich, healthy growing environment and produce grapes with pure flavors and a pronounced sense of place. Read less

Member Reviews for Moon Mountain Vineyard Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: GoinGray
737701,347
3.50 5
08/17/2008

spice/cedar/smoke scent tart/cedar flavors dry finish


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.00 5
04/29/2008

Decent cab. Tried it a week ago, so cant recall it exactly, but it was fairly typical california cab.


Snooth User: Shellyfish26
182593114
2.50 5
05/19/2009

Paid almost $30.00 was excited. Was let down. Started nice with some floral notes, and a bit of berry middle, finished overly dusty.


Snooth User: tz41
118768131
1.00 5
01/09/2009

One glass


External Reviews for Moon Mountain Vineyard Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: Sonoma Harvest Fair
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal



The rich, complex flavors of the 2005 Moon Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon reflect both the diversity and synergy of grapes grown in Sonoma’s soils and climatic regions. “The expansive aromas and mouthfilling flavors of this wine are thick with dark cherry, cassis and smoky spices,” said Winemaker Carol Wilson. “The ripe dark fruit flavors, supported by velvety tannins, culminate in an elegant finish that lingers with bittersweet chocolate and spice nuances.” The 2005 vintage provided long hangtime for notably rich Cabernet Sauvignon character with balanced acidity. Heavy winter rains during vine dormancy gave way to a dry, mild March. Significant rains returned in April and May, delaying bloom but not affecting berry set. Summer temperatures were desirably mild, with few heat spikes. September’s fog and cool temperatures slowed sugar accumulation, and then perfect conditions arrived in October for a late harvest. We finished picking Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine in late October, resulting in fully-developed flavors and silky mature tannins.

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