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2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2005 grapes were harvested after one of the longest hang-times in recent history; an average of 136 days from bloom to harvest.  We employed draconian yield reduction in order to ensure the absolute optimal physiological maturity.  Sorting was done first by bunches to remove irregularly ripened fruit and any leaf material and then put through a de-stemmer.  The individual berries were then given an additional hand sort to remove any remaining stem material from the berries prior to being transferred and vinified in small stainless steel fermenters.  The wine was initially cold soaked; followed by alcoholic fermentation with daily pump-overs. The barrels were topped every 2 weeks, hand racked once every three months and aged in 100% new French oak until May 2007 when the wine was bottled.

Production Notes

Appellation: Yountville (Napa Valley), CA
Barrel Age: 20 months new French oak
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 % Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.3 %
pH: 3.60
Release Date: Fall 2007
Production (750ml): 450 Cases
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon


Wine Advocate # 180

A 450-case blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane Vineyard has more in common with a first-growth Pauillac than many people might be willing to admit. Aged 20 months in primarily new French oak, its inky/blue/purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of graphite, cedar wood, creme de cassis, spice box, and incense. The wine is full-bodied with great purity, richness, sweet tannin, concentration, texture, and length. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink it over the next three decades.