Black berries, forest floor, and mushrooms on the nose. Full bodied, with a licorice and tar character that opens up to notes of christmas cake and spice. The center palate is fascinating. Pull the cork on this.
A gorgeous exotic Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 St. Eden has aged beautifully. Rose petal, mint, white truffle, smoke and cedar give the wine its captivating aromatic presence and overall intensity. Plush, deep and wonderfully inviting, the 2005 has enough depth to drink well for another 7-10 years. (AG)
Dark red-ruby. Musky aromas of red- and blackcurrant and mocha display a slightly carnal truffley element. Fat, sweet, rich and seamless; wonderfully plush, deep wine with currant, plum and mineral flavors saturating the palate and lingering on the very long, ripely tannic back end. This superb wine is gentle and creamy, but perfectly integrated acidity gives it captivating inner-mouth lift. (ST)
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Eden is from an 11-acre vineyard on the foothills north of the Oakville crossroad that has the classic red, rocky soil of this area, essentially in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains that define the eastern edges of Napa Valley. This wine, which shows notes of new saddle leather, Christmas fruitcake and spice, is broad and savory, with a classic full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity and sensational flavors of wild forest mixed with blackberry and cassis fruit. This blend can be drunk now, or cellared for at least another two decades. (RP)
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