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Saddleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (Oakville, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 89-91] [ST 90]
Saddleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Napa Valley, California) - Robert Parker [89-92]


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Winery: Saddleback Cellars
Varietal: 94% Cab Sauv, 4% Petite Verdot, 2% Cab Franc
Region: Oakville, Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2005
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Varietals: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards: Mostly estate grown, dry farmed Oakville grapes supplemented with 5% Star Vineyard in Rutherford
Aging: 65% new French and American barrels for two years

Tasting Notes:

Wonderful, heady aromas of ripe dark cherries, spice rack, and cigar box are emitted from this wine’s fragrant bouquet. This full-bodied wine has opulent, jammy black fruit flavors layered over silky and supple tannins with an amazingly smooth lingering finish. A perfect accompaniment with grilled steak or roast beef.

Winemaking Notes:

In 2005 we were blessed with an above normal crop level here in the Napa Valley, taking Saddleback a full month to harvest all our Cabernet grapes. Fortunately, the quality was absolutely spectacular! The majority of the grapes come from the dry farmed 9.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon planted on the winery estate located one-third mile north of Oakville Cross Road on Money Rd. Our soils are of Pleasonton and Bale loam series with some spots of silt and gravel. Rootstock is Teleki 5C on a 6 x 12 ft. spacing. We enhanced our blend with 5% prime Cabernet grapes from Star Vineyard in Rutherford, 4% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc from Truchard Vineyard in Los Carneros.

The fruit was sorted both in the vineyard and on the crushpad, then gently crushed into small fermenters. Here we left the juice fermenting on the skins for ten days after inoculation with cultured Montrachet yeast. The wine went through a combination of punch-downs and pump-overs twice daily during this timeframe. The wine was racked into 65% new French and American oak barrels and left to age for two years slowly going through native malo-lactic fermentation.

Ratings & Reviews

89-91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A better bet is the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of licorice, tobacco leaf, blackberries, and vanillin. It should drink nicely for a decade or more.” –Robert Parker, Dec. 2007

90 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Good red-ruby. Musky, smoky aromas of black cherry, meat, minerals, licorice, mocha and earth. Sweeter and finer than the merlot, with better clarity of flavor and lift in the mouth. Finishes with suaver tannins and lingering notes of brown spices and mocha." - Stephen Tanzer (May/June '10)

Silver Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Competition - 2010

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