Loma Vista Vineyards
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
Today’s 2005 Loma Vista Cabernet Sauvignon is, in a word, remarkable.
This wonderful find is juicy, balanced, elegant, voluptuous and quite delicious. Our entire tasting panel was instantly smitten with this wine and, collectively, our only regret is that we could not get our hands on any more of it.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is classic Napa Valley. It is an approachable wine with plenty of complexity. Plush tannins make it a pleasure on the palate while balanced acids make it a wonderful compliment to most meals. Enjoy this wine all on its own, or pair it with a hearty red meat dish - like a juicy grilled t-bone.
This wine is in short supply, dear Operative, so please make your choice… quickly.
Drink now, or hold for another 10 or more years.
Deepest crimson red, with perfectly even coloration from the dark heart of the wine out to the edges of the glass. After a hearty swirl, tall, skinny columns of rapid-moving legs start high up on the glass wall.
Lush and full, bursting with aromas of fresh blackberry, blueberry, wild raspberry, strawberry, sweet spice and toasty oak. As the wine opens up, follow-on aromas are revealed, including dried fall leaves, leather and sweet dried tobacco.
Dark, juicy and delicious, led by black cherry, ripe blackberry, strawberry and black currant. After the wine breathes for a little while, it opens up, revealing sweet tobacco, sweet spice, leather, cigar box and pencil shavings (cedar and graphite).
Ultra-long and packed with long-sustaining flavors of red and black fruit. As fruits fade, earthy tobacco, spice, leather and minerals are revealed. At the tail end, a hint of black pepper provides a poignant punctuation.
This dark and earthy Cabernet yearns to be served with something equally intriguing. A beef bordelaise would be a delightful pairing.
What the Winery Says
The Cabernet Sauvignon is from a 2 acre vineyard on Loma Vista Drive which is just off the Silverado trail in the foothills. It is composed of clones 4,191 and 169.
The Petit Verdot is from the Erba Mountainside Vineyard next to Atlas Peak at 1100 to 1500 feet elevation.
- 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot.
- 24 Months in 70% new French Oak.
- Kristof Anderson-protégé of consultant Nils Venge, Saddleback/Venge/Del Dotto/PlumpJack/Carter Cellars
About the Winery
Our style of wine is intended to be very site-specific in flavors and aromatics. My philosophy of winemaking is to simply assist and enhance the flavors of the fruit from the vineyard. At the winery my goal is to try and capture that essence into each bottle of wine. Our vineyard driven wines are intended to be the perfect accompaniments to food and cuisine, so I prefer to not be too heavy handed in my winemaking techniques.
In other words, “terroir” dictates the final product, sun, wind, rain, land and soil are the main ingredients to produce superior fruit that with as little interference as possible, all aspects come together in harmony to produce the Loma Vista wines.
The reason we showcase the true characteristics of the vineyard in our wines is the fact that, if we tried to alter or emulate tastes of other wines we will end up with similar wines unreflective of the vineyard. Loma Vista Vineyard is unique in its micro-climate, a balance of sun, shade, wind and fog. It allows the fruit to extract the right nutrients from the soil through the roots, which are slightly stressed due to the nature of the soil.