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Saturday, January 03, 2009

2004 Lake Sonoma Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2004 Lake Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon was made from grapes sourced mostly from the Alexander Valley and was aged for 28 months in French and American oak barrels. The use of American oak gives this wine distinct vanilla, herb, and mint-like aromas that are accompanied by aromas of black raspberry, currants, and black pepper. On the palate the wine is dry and contains firm and slightly chalky tannins. Flavors of dark chocolate, blackberry, and cedar dominate the flavor profile and touch down on the palate with lots of gritty tannin and just a touch of eucalyptus. This wine has some really interesting complexities and nice fruits to go along with secondary elements provided by the oak aging. However, I do feel this wine lacks a bit of polish and purity and for around twenty-five dollars I feel that perhaps they could have provided a wine with softer texture. 88 points

 
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