Sol Rouge Vineyard 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Only 50 Cases Produced


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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

  • BH: Very smooth, coats your mouth. Dark color and chocolate nose.
  • RLA: Chocolate and casis nose and taste. Full-body but very very smooth.
  • JH: Very nice, smooth wine. Medium bodied with a very long finish.
  • MA: Very smooth and rich without being heavy. Noted chocolate and cinnamon on the nose and taste. The finish brought out some ripe berrys.

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appelation 40% To Kolan Vineyard, 60% Dr. Crane Vineyard, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates October 25-26, 2005
Sugar at Harvest 26.5 & 26.7 degrees Brix
Fermentation 33 days with 1-8 punchdowns/day
Aging / Cooperage 24 months in French oak, 50% new
Alcohol 14.6% by volume
Acidity PH= 3.70, TA = 0.66

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Our 2005 Sol Rouge Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits classic aromas of cassis, licorice, and chocolate with a slight hint of vanilla toast from the French oak. This wine is rich and full-bodied, with sweet tannins, a multi-layered mid-palate and a finish that possesses accessibility and opulence. This balanced wine exhibits good concentration without being over extracted – retaining characteristics that are true to its terroir.

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