St. Helena Winery Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Sympa Napa Valley Reserve 2005

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WINEMAKER’S NOTES The awesome 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed a remarkable 6-day soak as well as a 6-day maceration ...

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Favorite of the four I tasted today. Intense and deeply concentrated currant with some herb notes. Shows some grace now, but with more cellar tim... Read more

Didn't show as well for me today. I think it's still far too early to be enjoying this, as it's tight and reserved and tannic now. It's very rich... Read more

Big wine, very masculine. Should pair up nicely with steak, lamb. Decanting highly recommended. Stacks up well next to more pricey cabs. Read more

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,199
5.00 5
08/08/2009

Favorite of the four I tasted today. Intense and deeply concentrated currant with some herb notes. Shows some grace now, but with more cellar time should be even more supple and complex. A fantastic cab! They say best now through 2013. This venue has it for $65, which is lower than I see it on here for, so it sounds like a deal I may have to act on! - Tasted at Marche` Bacchus 8/8/09


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,199
3.50 5
02/06/2010

Didn't show as well for me today. I think it's still far too early to be enjoying this, as it's tight and reserved and tannic now. It's very rich and concentrated, but wait on it. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 2/6/10


Snooth User: Winelyman
23798115
4.50 5
08/19/2009

Big wine, very masculine. Should pair up nicely with steak, lamb. Decanting highly recommended. Stacks up well next to more pricey cabs.


Snooth User: Winelyman
23798115
1.00 5
Vintage: 2003 07/26/2010

way too tight. don't think this will ever open up


Ratings & Tags for St. Helena Winery Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Sympa Napa Valley Reserve

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5.00 5
2003 12/14/2007

194102 Snooth User: mikemoer
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2.00 5
2003 06/09/2009

Winemaker's Notes:

WINEMAKER’S NOTES The awesome 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed a remarkable 6-day soak as well as a 6-day maceration on its skins. While the tannin is high, it is barely noticeable given the wine's extraordinary richness, concentration, and seamless texture. The opaque blue/purple color is followed by spectacular aromatics consisting of crème de cassis, mocha, cherries and blueberries. This deep, opulent, full-bodied, profound 2005 will rival the Sympa Cabernets from 2001, 2003, and 2004. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. Sympa, which is already a so-called "cult" wine, seems to have pushed the envelope of quality even higher ... as hard as that is to believe. As always, the truth is in the bottle. Not yet released. VARIETAL 100% Cabernet Sauvignon VINEYARD St. Helena Winery Vineyard, Block #1 WINEMAKING Fermented with estate native yeast Cold soak at 50 degrees – 6 days Maturation period – 12 days Maceration period – 6 days Racked only 2 times Wine chemistry; • 26.8 Brix at harvest • 3.69 pH at bottling • 0.66 TA at bottling Bottled unfined and unfiltered BARREL AGING 20 months in new French Oak Barrels Exclusively • Taransaud • Darnajou • Vicard • Seguin Moreau,,, and • Bossuet ALCOHOL 14.93% by volume BOTTLING DATE June 18, 2007 TARGET RELEASE DATE October 1, 2008 PRODUCTION 276 cases

WINEMAKER’S NOTES The awesome 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed a remarkable 6-day soak as well as a 6-day maceration on its skins. While the tannin is high, it is barely noticeable given the wine's extraordinary richness, concentration, and seamless texture. The opaque blue/purple color is followed by spectacular aromatics consisting of crème de cassis, mocha, cherries and blueberries. This deep, opulent, full-bodied, profound 2005 will rival the Sympa Cabernets from 2001, 2003, and 2004. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. Sympa, which is already a so-called "cult" wine, seems to have pushed the envelope of quality even higher ... as hard as that is to believe. As always, the truth is in the bottle. Not yet released. VARIETAL 100% Cabernet Sauvignon VINEYARD St. Helena Winery Vineyard, Block #1 WINEMAKING Fermented with estate native yeast Cold soak at 50 degrees – 6 days Maturation period – 12 days Maceration period – 6 days Racked only 2 times Wine chemistry; • 26.8 Brix at harvest • 3.69 pH at bottling • 0.66 TA at bottling Bottled unfined and unfiltered BARREL AGING 20 months in new French Oak Barrels Exclusively • Taransaud • Darnajou • Vicard • Seguin Moreau,,, and • Bossuet ALCOHOL 14.93% by volume BOTTLING DATE June 18, 2007 TARGET RELEASE DATE October 1, 2008 PRODUCTION 276 cases

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