Spring Mountain Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

From the company literature: “…A pure expression of mountain fruit…fragrant with bright red fruit aromas, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, sweet black tea and floral notes. Full bodied and effusively flavorful, the wine has a soft velvety approach and delivers loads of cherry-berry fruit well- integrated with satiny tannins, lively acidity and a long echoing finish…”

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. So normally there is no way I could afford to drop $75 on a bottle of wine, but I happened to be at the grocery store and they were having a super sale and I picked it up for $33! I did a little research on other reviewers opinions and one comment stood out. I can’t find the comment now, but they basically said that most people would probably drink this wine before its time. With that in mind, I opened it on Saturday night and decanted for an hour before my first sip.
I keep all my wines in the fridge here in Arizona and so when I first tasted this wine it was still a little cool. After it had warmed up and decanted for 3 hours it really started to blossom, actually more like erupt! I agree with the bright red fruit, cherry and chocolate. The tannins became chewy and effusive later on which I really liked. Finally when I came near to the end of the bottle I was really getting into that long echoing finish! I shared the bottle by the way, didn’t drink the whole thing to myself, although it tasted so good near the end that I probably would have. The echoing finish made my mouth water profusely, like Misha, my boxer.  So yes, I am now “most people” having opened this wine before its time.  I was surprised that this wine clocks in at 14.8% alcohol.  I didn’t pick up any heat from it at all.  It is definitely worth the $33 I paid for it (I should have bought 2), and actually if I could get it in the $50-$60 range I think that would be worth buying and holding for years to come.
Tim

2 comments

  1. I’m someone who knows next to nothing about wine or wine tasting, but the way you write about wine makes me excited to try it. I enjoy the stories, too!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! I like the fact that you admit you know next to nothing. If you see my post on “my firs real wine” you’ll see that I was a guy who thought he knew about wine, with hilarious results! These days I know a little more about wine, but there is always more to learn!

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