The 2004 Arrowood Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon (89.9%), Merlot (7.2%), Malbec (1.6%), Petit Verdot (1.3%). The fruit is sourced from several vineyard sites throughout Sonoma County and is aged for 24 months in American and French oak barrels.
This winery has been around for quite sometime and was once thought of as one of the premiere wineries in all of California. Over the years it has lost some of it's "press kudos" if you will, but the wines are still magnificent. Dick Arrowood is a legend in Sonoma county and his first wines he made at Chateau St. Jean may have well put them on the map.
This dark and deeply colored Cabernet has beautiful aromas of blackberry, black licorice, vanilla, cedar, cassis, sandalwood, and violet. There are multiple layers of aroma complex that unfold in the glass with exposure to oxygen. Savory chocolate, pan grille, and bacon notes are secondary characteristics that I began to notice while the wine opened up. There is also the distinct aromas profile only found in wines aged in American oak. It's hard to distinguish but it comes across to me a pine and/or dill sometimes.
On the palate the wine is very robust and spicy, but carries along with it beautiful flavors of black currant, cassis, blackberry, and licorice. This wine has a major skeleton and backbone that speaks of ageability and power. The texture is smooth and velvety but with very firm tannins on the finish. It's powerful wine, but full of grace and very well made. 92 points