This is a dark, big, deeply flavored Cabernet whose tannic structure strongly suggests mid- to long-term aging. Bone dry, it has flashy flavors of black currants, dark chocolate and cedar. Very fine. Best 2010-2015, if not longer in a proper cellar." (03/09) Sequoia Grove's 2005 Cab combines fruit from all over the Napa Valley, from St. Helena to the north all the way to the Atlas Peak hills in the southeast. The resulting wine is dark and concentrated, with a sweet and spicy bouquet of blackberries and currants kicked up a notch with peppery-cedary spice. The nose follows through onto the palate, which is lush and full. This is a great meat and potatoes wine or, for a more modern take, try it with domestic lamb with a cherry pan sauce.
This elegantly crafted, balanced wine is marked by fine, pure, ripe blackberry and cassis flavors and aromas with notes of spice, cedar and discreet vanilla set in a silky texture supported by refined tannins.
Sequoia Grove Winery occupies 22 acres in the Napa Valley's Rutherford Bench district, where morning fog and alluvial soils are known to yield fruit that bears a distinctive mineral character when made into wine, commonly referred to as "Rutherford dust". Sequoia Grove's Napa Valley Cabernet is sourced from a combination of their estate vineyards and top Napa growers, including Stagecoach, Morisoli, Lamoreaux, Beckstoffer, Cunat, Healy, Johnson, Madrigal, and Harris. The 2009 offers a nose of ripe cherry and blackberry aromas with earthy cedar and baking spice accents. The palate unfolds to reveal richer, darker flavors of plum, toasted hazelnut, and graphite. It is full in the mouth, with polished tannins and flavors of toasty oak on the finish.
Dark black in color, the nose gives aromas of fresh raspberries and ripe, red cherries with notes of vanilla and cocoa powder. Background notes come through over time of roasted coffee bean and a touch of pencil lead. The palate is smooth and rich with ripe, developed tannins giving the wine a full arc in the mouth and giving flavors of blackberry and a hint of smoky, sweet oak.
The grapes used to produce this wine are from the best appellations in Napa Valley from the best growers. A list of our growers include: Sequoia Grove estate vineyard, Tonella estate vineyard, Stagecoach, Morisoli, Lamoreaux, Beckstoffer George III, Cunat, Healy, Christian, and Madrigal.