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.


  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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