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Saturday, April 07, 2007

2004 Pelton House Cabernet Sauvignon

This Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the few wines out on the market from the under appreciated appellation of Knights Valley California. Pelton House refers to the Pelton Wheel, a water wheel that brought power to Knights Valley in the 1800's. The wine maker Marcia Monahan, a native of Chile, has great winemaking pedigree including previous experience at the famous Cardinale winery in Napa Valley as well as being an assistant winemaker at Kendall-Jackson. The wine although young, shows great complexity and unique character and is a great value even in it's $30-$40 price range. The nose is very unique and shows layers of dark chocolate, espresso, cassis, black currant, spice, and some light pepper. The flavors are of cedar box, black currant, spice, and chalky black raspberry. The finish is nice and extended but clean and focused and the tannins are well integrated but tight and structured. I score the wine 90+ points.

 
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