Let breathe for 90 minutes--it probably needs more. Brickish-orange rim. Black olive brine on the nose and palate is dominant. Very little fruit remains, some dried mint. Medium minus acidity. Medium alcohol. Blunt tannins. Drink now or forever hold your piece or peace--whichever you are more comfortable with.
90 points — 18 days ago
I have long been a fan of St. George for a long time, and this confirms my high opinion of them. Nose of rye spice with vanilla and bananas foster, and on the taste, honey-sweetened tea with clove and pepper, masala tea spices, oak, and bitter chocolate. Orange emerges immediately on the finish with subsequent honey. — 4 months ago
I have long been a fan of St. George, and this is yet another example of their high quality. Aromas of spice and vanilla with a fascinating orange and lemon oil scent, with cinnamon and chocolate covered cherry. The taste is very much like pecan and pie crust with fruitcake notes that develop later. Clean hardware store wood finish. Beautiful job! — 5 months ago
A rich but now well balanced Zin in that ripe style that I’d likely not have been too fond of when it was younger. Bottle coated with sediment and oak is prominent in how it’s resolved with plummy berry vanilla notes. Back label says a field blend of Zin Carignane and Petit Sirah, Alexander Valley vineyard, vines cultivated on St. George rootstock grafted onto a 75 year old clone of Zin. — 2 months ago
Dark, fairly rustic and brooding. Better on the second night. It’s similarly unflattering as the Burlotto enjoyed recently. I’m thinking of Friesa as the Nuit St George off Piedmont. Next to the 2017 Rinaldi Dolcetto open at same time it’s more savoury and has more depth on the palate but is less bright on acidity. — 4 months ago
15 years makes a difference.
$40.00 makes it even better.
Facts and Figures
2005 Bressler Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Mia Klein Vineyard Manager: David Abreu Release Date: January, 2009 Release price: $85
Bottling Date: Jan 11, 2008
Pick Date: October 5 through 14, 2005
Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 7 on St. George root stock (1986)
Cabernet Franc Clone 332 on 420A root stock (1999)
Petit Verdot Clone 181 on 420A root stock (1999) Cabernet Yields: 9.5 tons
Aging: 24 months in new French Oak
Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot Cooperage: Barrels from: Taransaud, Nadalie and Treuil
750ml 527 cases
Magnums 24 cases (144 bottles) 3.0L 6 bottles
6.0L 2 bottles
Notes from Mia Klein:
The 2005 vintage gave ample rain in the winter, charging up the soil water profile for a very nice growing season. Temperatures were moderate and consistent from early spring through October. Both the mature, established Cabernet Sauvignon vines and the now five year old Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petite Verdot vines produced some wonderful juice.
— 9 months ago
This was our “back-up” bottle just in case the 1981 Clos du Val Zinfandel was DOA. In the end, the vitality of the ’81 rendered a back-up unnecessary however, we were resolved to open this nevertheless. The Old Hill Ranch is a historic vineyard endowed with a natural beauty that has few peers. Carefully farmed as a field blend with 30 other varieties, the vineyard is thought to be home to the oldest vines grafted to St. George rootstock (some of them are over 130 years old!!). The wine pours a bright ruby with no signs of sediment. On the nose, dark sour cherry, meat fat, brambles, and pie spice. On the palate, a mix of tart dark and red fruits, minerals, and a soft touch of baking spice. The finish is dry and long. Remarkable structure. Medium+ tannin, medium+ acid. This is a wine with tremendous vigor and it’s just getting started. While this is drinking very well already, I suspect these will have a very long life and should drink very well into the 2030’s and possibly, beyond. — 22 days ago