Sierra Vista Cabernet Sauvignon El Dorado Estate Bottled 2005, 87 points

2005 Sierra Vista Cabernet Sauvignon El Dorado Estate Bottledsierra vista wine

(USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado)

The nose is a little hot with alcohol on opening but it has some nice characteristics of walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and some anisette.  The nose reminds me of the jammy Prisoner wine. The color is more on the brownish side than I expected for the region and cab. The palate is not real explosive with fruit but it has some darker notes that I like.  I am getting some dark fruits and nuts with some wet leaves.  This wine reminds me of a rainy fall in the woods of New England. The start is balance and then the mid palate starts to go dark with the tannins coming out in abut 3-4 seconds.  The finish is dryer and bitter.  I think this wine is pretty good for the 20 dollar range but it needs a couple years.  It has some old world feels to it that I like and I can tell that it will be much better with age.   Worth a try for the money.

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In the glass, our Cabernet Sauvignon is rich burgundy in color with tints of indigo. The aromas are of black cherry, briar, cassis and spicy cedar. In the mouth, the wine opens with bright berry fruit followed by a full, round mid-palate. The finish lingers with rich notes of chocolate and cherry. We try to introduce enough new oak to add to the complexity without overpowering the fruit. Tasting our older Cabernets has proven that our vineyard  consistently produces wines that live ten or more years with proper storage.

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