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Monday, October 01, 2007

2005 Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon

In 1964 Louis P. Martini, son of Napa pioneer Louis M. Martini, purchased 178 acres of land in the eastern hills of the Napa Valley. Later the Martini family converted this land into a vineyard and thus we have this wine named after the vineyard that had a group of grey pines on the property. The wine however is a blend of multiple grape sources from both Napa and Sonoma.

The aromas of this wine are of dark chocolate, blackberry, cassis, and a cedary-oak that dominates over the body of the bouquet. As the wine develops in the glass aromas of black pepper also creep into the glass. The flavors translate closely to the aromas showing dark berry-fruit nuances, black cherry, oak, pepper, and cedar notes as well as a vanilla essence on the mid-palate. I enjoyed this wine although it is slightly unsophisticated and I score it 88+ points

Anonymous said...

This is one of the best overall cabernet's I have ever tasted. Try it and spread the word!

Anonymous said...

Let it breathe for about an hour and the oaky-cedar notes soften. I would also recommend cellaring it for about 3-5 years. There's a lot of complexity to it that needs time to develop further. Overall, this is a good find.

Anonymous said...

To say that this cab is not a winner, is to admit your ignorance to a GREAT cab should be rated in the 90's.........silky smooth, great mouth feel, superb finish, black berry,black cherry, and the tanins are balanced......will be better in four to five years....my highest rating...Erik "the wine guy"

bacchus said...

I admit to complete ignorance in terms of absolute wine knowledge because of the vast and infinite amount of wines to explore. However, to state that ones educated OPINION is one of ignorance is truely stupidity. I value your opinion that this is a 90+ point wine, but I would suggest tasting another 1000 wines in the same price category before you start saying anyone is ignorant.

Ashkan said...

my opinion: FANTASTIC wine. One of my absolute favorites.

Anonymous said...

I took this wine to a dinner party with several guests who are wine enthusiasts to say the least. It absolutely stole the show! Very well balanced, smooth texture, excellent finish. I ordered a case.

Anonymous said...

I introduced this to one of the biggest wine snobs I know and she was overwhelmed. I personally love the mouth, instantly captivated.

Anonymous said...

If you are looking for a nice bottle in the $15 - $20 range, I would say that this one should be at the top of your' list. It is my personal favorite. Much more complex and only a little more expensive than the standard Cabernet from the Martini Vineyard. Well worth the few extra bucks is you are a Louis M. Martini fan.

Anonymous said...

I just bought a bottle last night and so far it's my favorite Cab.

Anonymous said...

This is a great find! I agree with the aforesaid comment to let it breathe a little while. This is the best cab at this price by far!!

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rhill107@embarqmail.com said...

I had quit drinking wine in my early twenties, some 30+ years ago. I was reluctantly persuaded to try wine again this past spring. The first three or four wines I tried confirmed my abandonment of wine, Then I tried Ghost Pines 2007 in a restaurant and fell in love with it. By far the best wine I have ever tasted. Even after trying 20-30 different wines in the interim. Love the smooth, vanillay aftertaste.

 
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