Stuhlmuller Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaking: For fermentation, we used a mix of open-top tanks with manual punching-down of the cap, and closed-top tanks where the must was pumped over. The closed-top tanks were used to create better palate texture, while the open-top tanks were utilized to help retain fruit intensity. We also used 100 percent indigenous yeast to capture a true expression of the vineyard with more earthy character. The wine was racked to 44 percent new French oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. Each block was fermented and aged separately for 10 months before the blending. The wine was barrel aged for a total of 24 months.

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Stuhlmuller Vineyards:
Since 1982, Stuhlmuller Vineyards has built a reputation as growers of world-class grapes, selling their coveted fruit to a number of top area wineries. By the mid-‘90s, Fritz Stuhlmuller was so inspired by the complex wines being made from his family’s vineyard that he established a small, artisan winery bearing the Stuhlmuller name. The vineyard’s unique terroir creates C... Read more
Since 1982, Stuhlmuller Vineyards has built a reputation as growers of world-class grapes, selling their coveted fruit to a number of top area wineries. By the mid-‘90s, Fritz Stuhlmuller was so inspired by the complex wines being made from his family’s vineyard that he established a small, artisan winery bearing the Stuhlmuller name. The vineyard’s unique terroir creates Chardonnay fruit with classic Alexander Valley tropical characteristics, food-friendly citrus acidity and a distinctive mineral touch. The Cabernet Sauvignon offers enticing hints of sage and bay leaf coupled with the region's signature flavors of rich cherry, black fruit and cocoa. In 2000 Stuhlmuller Vineyards built a new winery on the property, sized precisely to handle the small amounts of world-class, estate fruit the Stuhlmullers select to create their wines. Guided by gifted winemaker Leo Hansen (and consulting winemaker Kerry Damskey), Stuhlmuller Vineyards handcrafts, small-lot wines that embody a rich, expressive charm, and a distinctive sense of place. Read less

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Snooth User: MAG
3151162
4.00 5
07/11/2008

A very enjoyable 2005 Cab from Alexander Valley. Pronounced cherry flavors, both red and black which linger on the palate. Secondary flavors of chocolate and eucalyptus. Nice tannin structure. A well made wine.


Snooth User: darbyw
7851567
4.00 5
07/06/2008

Four glasses



Winemaking: For fermentation, we used a mix of open-top tanks with manual punching-down of the cap, and closed-top tanks where the must was pumped over. The closed-top tanks were used to create better palate texture, while the open-top tanks were utilized to help retain fruit intensity. We also used 100 percent indigenous yeast to capture a true expression of the vineyard with more earthy character. The wine was racked to 44 percent new French oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. Each block was fermented and aged separately for 10 months before the blending. The wine was barrel aged for a total of 24 months.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.4% pH: 3.81
Total Acidity: 0.60 grams per liter

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