Another blockbuster and a rather massive, backward, full-bodied wine is the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Christopher’s Vineyard, no doubt named after the exuberant and burly son of Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke. This wine comes from the family’s beloved Alexander Valley Mountain Estate, from a 2,400-foot elevation vineyard, and is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest other Bordeaux varietals. Infantile, opaque purple, with beautifully pure blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, floral notes, a striking liquid-rock minerality, good acidity and ripe tannin, this wine has future greatness written all over it, but it is too young to drink. It is certainly one of the youngest and most backward of the 2005s, but the promise is exceptional. Forget it for another 3-4 years and drink it over the following 2-3 decades. (RP) 94+
(100% Cabernet Sauvignon, planted at an altitude of 2,400 feet) Full ruby-red. Dark berries, graphite, cedar and spicy herbs on the nose. Sweeter and lusher than the regular Alexander Valley bottling, with complex flavors of currant, melted chocolate and flowers. Here the acids are more harmonious, framing and extending the flavors through a broadly tannic finish. Even in 2005, the crop level at this altitude did not exceed 2.5 tons per acre, according to winemaker Graham Weerts. (ST)
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