2005 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1408506

Price: $29.99

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Tasting Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "At York Creek we have a small block of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted entirely to the legendary "La Questra" clone of Cabernet. This clone was brought to California by Emmet Rixford back in the 1880s directly from Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux. It is one of the most highly sought after "heritage" clones of Cabernet Sauvignon in the state. We call this block the "Horseshoe" because of its shape. For several years, I have made a separate fermentation, and because of its unique character I decided to bottle a little as a separate wine. It's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and all from the "Horseshoe" block. I would describe this as an intense Cabernet, distinctive, rich. And it's what I like to call 'a good story that's true.'"

Staff Reviews

  • James Bradshaw
    By: James Bradshaw
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow! If tasted blind, you'd think this 2005 was ten years younger. Graced with wonderful sweet red fruit, baking spice, and subtle tones earth tones, it is a delicious red that far overperforms its modest price. Its time in bottle has served this 2005 well, rounding out the tannins for a smooth and supple delivery. The Spring Mountain pedigree really shines through here. Sip this beauty on its own or pair with a special meal, either way, you'll be more than delighted.
  • Ralph Sands
    By: Ralph Sands
    K&L Staff Member
    Being able to source older California Cabernet Sauvignon from perfect cellars and in this case direct from the winery is very rare. The numerous vintages of the York Creek wines showcase the freshness of the mountain fruit with different degrees of ripeness. I would advise to taste them all and find the one that fits your palate best; then load up! Ralph Sands
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A hugely powerful, structural year for Napa Cab. Known jokingly as "the idiots' vintage," meaning you'd have to be an idiot to mess it up given the ideal growing conditions that prevailed through harvest and even into November. Long hang-time gave plenty of time for intense flavor development and lack of any significant heat events meant produced notable taninins. May have drawn parallels with Bordeaux's successful if not "for the long-haul" wines produced in 2005.


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