Sbragia Family Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Cimarossa Vineyard 2005
Super dark color, almost black. The nose was pure blueberry and black cassis. This is huge. Very rare that I open a young'en up and say 'This is too young!" This is that time. There is much happening in this black hole of a wine. Graphite, leather, tannins, blueberry, cassis, chocolate, tannins and the blackest-berry I ever encountered. There's also some sour cherry In the mix. All very primary and fresh. There is a touch of menthol here too. The balance is awkward and clumsy. 2-3 years will bring this one together nicely. For $27 this is a great deal. Drinks at least as well as many $60 bottles I have had. (This happens to remind me just a bit of the 2005 Rivers-Marie). The blackest Andolsen I have had from Sbragia.
External Reviews for Sbragia Family Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Cimarossa Vineyard
Wine Advocate ReviewRated 91The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen may be one of the finest Dry Creek Cabernets I have ever tasted. Aromas of graphite, blueberries, blackberries, spring flowers, and background toasty oak are followed by a wine with terrific purity, medium to full body, wonderful sweetness, and a silky finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. Drink this superb value over the next 15 years.Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 91The 2004 was soft and immediately enjoyable. This 05 is tannic and better structured and needs some time. It displays a wealth of black cherry and currant flavors. Hold if you can until after 2008, and should develop well for an additional 4 years.Wine Tasting NotesThe 2005 Andolsen Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of rich black fruits, cassis and a touch of leather and dried herbs. Bright black cherry on the palate is accentuated by hints of cedar, brown spice, tea and mocha leading to a balanced mouth with firm tannins, good structure and a fruit-driven finish.