2005 Rutherford Cabernet
At this time, probably the most approachable of the next three Cabs Lots 34 to 36. This elegant beast offers aromas of chocolate-covered cherries, vanilla, and dusty earth. On the palate, rich, brooding flavors of blackberries and cherries followed by tobacco leaves and cedar. This full-bodied Cabernet is notably rich and concentrated and will easily benefit from decanting or cellar aging as it spent some time aging on 100% new French oak. Structured and polished with firm tannins. Young and tight for the time being, so decanting is definitely in order (as it is with most of our wines). The first year of a Cabernet's life in bottle comes and goes in waves before settling in for more consistent, long-term aging. The patient will be rewarded.