Winesmith Cabernet Sauvignon California Penny Farthing 2005

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The Penny Farthing 2005 Cabernet Franc: Before it was taken from its cradle in France and raised in the New World as a muscular brute, Cabernet Sauvignon had aristocratic roots which obliged it to greatness by striving to inspire rather than to assault. Our winery's notion of Cabernet Sauvignon aligns not with the fruit-forward, fleshy style of Australia, but with the sinewy, deeply energetic offerings of Bordeaux. Unexpectedly for its Lodi address, Mark Lange's vineyard south of town possesses a very distinctive terroir expression which reminds us of nothing so much as German chocolate cake with a raspberry glaze. These flavors invited a marriage with sweet oak vanilla, toffee and espresso aromas from medium- and heavy-toast French oak from the forest of Alliers. The balanced finesse one encounters in its structure possesses nevertheless a firm reductive strength which suggests longevity and invites the opportunity for bottle development. On the other hand, the wine offers today splendid aromatics to linger on the palate and enter into playful dialogue with other elements of your dinner. Technical Notes: Appellation: California Production: 500 Cases Alcohol: Adjusted to 13.5% Elevage: Malolactic fermentation delayed. Early intensive microbüllage for structural refinement. mixed toast French oak. Weekly bâtonage three months Return to Grapecraft-Wine Smith wine list

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We Smiths offer you skillfully crafted wines which explore traditions outside the mainstream. We've chosen to present ourselves a little differently than most winery websites, because our tiny production interests us in close personal relationships with a limited and knowledgeable clientele who are thirsty for a real connection. Our wine is our personal artisanal expression, not a commodity we ... Read more
We Smiths offer you skillfully crafted wines which explore traditions outside the mainstream. We've chosen to present ourselves a little differently than most winery websites, because our tiny production interests us in close personal relationships with a limited and knowledgeable clientele who are thirsty for a real connection. Our wine is our personal artisanal expression, not a commodity we mass market. Tasting is believing. WineSmith wines always harken to European style goals: plush, velvety structure, aromatic integration, mineral depth. When your guests taste WineSmith, the first sip should carry them away, like pressing the DOWN button on the elevator. Many California wineries try to "knock your socks off" with wine styles which eschew grace in favor of impact. Not us. After the first taste, you'll probably remain fully clothed. But prepare yourself to be sorry when it's all gone. Read less

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Snooth User: MrCalifornia
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1.50 5
12/19/2007

Too fruity for me. Didn't taste like a cab at all.


External Reviews for Winesmith Cabernet Sauvignon California Penny Farthing

External Review
Source: Appellation America
11/06/2008

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Source: Appellation America
10/30/2008

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External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Penny Farthing is a creation of GrapeCraft, a wine producing company within the Vinovation portfolio that also includes WineSmith. Brothers Brian and Clark Smith oversee the many facets of this business, which range from vineyard and winemaking consulting to winemaking. For this wine, Clark Smith looked to Bordeaux as an inspiration. Though the appellation is listed as California, the main fruit source is a vineyard in Lodi. Winemaker Smith delayed the malolactic fermentation, gave the wine “early intensive microbüllage for structural refinement,” weekly bâtonage for three months, and then aged the wine in medium and heavily toasted Alliers oak barrels from France. He then adjusted the alcohol to 13.5 percent to make the wine easy-going and immediately accessible. The wine is bright ruby and is of medium viscosity. On the nose, the wine gives aromas of plum, tar, stewed meats, and barnyard – all very un-Californian smells. The palate also reflects this old world style, with notes of braised short ribs, osso bucco, plum, black currant, fig, and tar. The tannins are slightly chalky and become more so on the finish, so this is a wine that would perform beautifully at the table, if not as a cocktail.


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Source: Appellation America
11/02/2008

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The Penny Farthing 2005 Cabernet Franc: Before it was taken from its cradle in France and raised in the New World as a muscular brute, Cabernet Sauvignon had aristocratic roots which obliged it to greatness by striving to inspire rather than to assault. Our winery's notion of Cabernet Sauvignon aligns not with the fruit-forward, fleshy style of Australia, but with the sinewy, deeply energetic offerings of Bordeaux. Unexpectedly for its Lodi address, Mark Lange's vineyard south of town possesses a very distinctive terroir expression which reminds us of nothing so much as German chocolate cake with a raspberry glaze. These flavors invited a marriage with sweet oak vanilla, toffee and espresso aromas from medium- and heavy-toast French oak from the forest of Alliers. The balanced finesse one encounters in its structure possesses nevertheless a firm reductive strength which suggests longevity and invites the opportunity for bottle development. On the other hand, the wine offers today splendid aromatics to linger on the palate and enter into playful dialogue with other elements of your dinner. Technical Notes: Appellation: California Production: 500 Cases Alcohol: Adjusted to 13.5% Elevage: Malolactic fermentation delayed. Early intensive microbüllage for structural refinement. mixed toast French oak. Weekly bâtonage three months Return to Grapecraft-Wine Smith wine list

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