2005 Rutherford Cabernet
Typical of Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignons, the tannins are very well integrated and smooth, even though this wine is a bit bigger than the normal style of Rutherford. Another layered, complex beauty!
Ripe nose with aromas of violets, bright red cherries, and plummy earth. The palate delivers with sweet raspberries and currants, followed by pencil lead (flint) smoky notes. This is a more laser-focused style versus the fleshier, rounder Lot 34, with more high-toned fruit. Long finish fleshes out nicely, lingering for a good 30 seconds and suggesting there's a lot more to come. Again, like Lots 34 and 35, this wine is very young and just beginning to "talk."