The Sylvia Platt of California Cabernet, lots of brooding dark fruit on the nose. Slightly gamey and brash. Lots of self-loathing.
Some age to the Cab here; evident in a beautifully developed, complex aroma. A strong, muscular lad is this, a firm tannic structure only slightly mellowed by age, holding, like Atlas, a world of herb and liquorice edged black fruit compote, all encased in a dusty-brick whole. A tight, food-hungry, belt of acidity and a decently long length complete the statuesque whole. Alcohol 14.5%. Comprised of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon plus 8% Merlot. For other wines on this producer, see this Selection on Spittoon.
Like the long kiss goodnight. It's sleek, sexy and deep. Big spice and cola with just enough toasty oak on the nose to remind you who it is. It's huge in the mouth. Smoke and anise. All the good things. The finish leaves you wanting more...so much more. Will she call the next day? Did she like my cologne?
Bart and Daphne Araujo, of Araujo Estate Wines, are very generous with their contribution of a 1.5L bottle of 2005 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard. Retail value is $600.00.
D'Argenzio Winery generously contributed 4 bottles of their fine wines, two bottles of the 2004 Gold Medal Pinot Noir and two bottles of the 2003 Gold Medal Cabernet Sauvignon. Retail value is $192.00.
Rubicon Estate generously joined Wine for Haiti with a magnum of their CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2006. This delicious wine has a retail value of $180.
Lamborn Family Vineyards very generously donated a bottle of their 2006 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, retail value $110. Ed Thralls, of Wine Tonite!, contributed a bottle from his own cellar, a 2004 Rubicon, retail value $125. The winner of this auction will get two classic Napa Cabernets.
Jonathan Swinchatt made an incredibly generous contribution from his cellar, a 1986 Dunn Vineyard Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. There are not a lot of these twenty-four year old wines are around, a few (a very few) are available on line for prices starting at $129.99.