Star Lane 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Ynez Valley, Estate

Named one of the Top 100 Wines of 2008 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Best New California Cabernet by Food & Wine magazine, Star Lane’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon seems to embody everything wine lovers associate with modern California Cabs. Also rated 92 Points by Wine Enthusiast magazine and 91 Points by Connoisseurs’ Guide, this distinctive wine hits all the right marks with a dynamic combination of richness and perfume. The confidence gained after several years of working with their vineyard has allowed Star Lane to produce a massive yet incredibly well balanced wine that reflects both the unique terroir of Star Lane Vineyard and the dedication of the vineyard and winemaking team. Complex but not complicated, supple yet structured, the 2005 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that is intellectual as well as very sensual. Aromas of blackberry laced with the notes of sagebrush and chaparral that have become the hallmark of the Star Lane Vineyard lead into layers of currant, wild blackberry and savory herbs. The wine shows a sophistication of structure that emphasizes both lushness and grip that will reward both the hedonist and the collector alike. Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar calls it “Excellent.” [+]