Midsummer Cellars 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions. Our guests utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms for their comments for consistency purposes. In addition, we utilize the wine aroma wheel to enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor. Notes are posted on this wine during the tasting to ensure they accurately reflect the impressions.

Tasting Notes

  • FF: Nice nose with hints of floral and caramel. First impression is the wine is young but has a smooth chocolate finish. Great with Buffalo, brought out the fruit in the wine.
  • BH: Not oaked. Good caramel nose. Classic young Cab.
  • DJO: Berry and vegetative flavors, a little asparagus.
  • SDL: Caramel nose went great with the buffalo.
  • RA: Complex and decadent flavors, a little young but should age well.
  • JO: Nice tannins. Tight but very well balanced.

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Clones 6 & 337
Appelation 100% Cañon Creek Vineyard, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates October 15 & 22, 2005
Sugar at Harvest 24.5 degrees Brix
Fermentation 8 days with max temp of 70 - 80 degrees; 2 punchdowns/day
Aging / Cooperage 23 Months, 100% Darnajou French Oak, 50% new
Alcohol 14.5% by volume
Acidity pH = 3.8

Winemaker Rollie Heitz's Tasting Notes

The deep color suggests the richness to come. Concentrated aromas of dark fruit, briar, and sweet cherries are buoyed by a hint of sweet oak. Full-bodied, forward fruit carries the rich mouth feel. Polished, ripe tannins add to the long, lingering finish.

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