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Thursday, April 21, 2011

2005 Eponymous Cabernet Sauvignon

I usually really enjoy a Napa Valley Cabernet with a little bit of age on it, and this wine is right at the point where it should be drinking really well now. I popped a bottle of this wine a few months back and it was either cooked or the wine just didn't age that well over the last 6 years. We'll see if that's the case with this particular bottle.

Eponymous is a wine made by the renowned vintner Robert Pepi. It began in 2000 with an opportunity to work with grapes that he felt would produce some of the best Cabernet in Napa Valley. The grapes come from vineyards located approximately 300 feet above the Silverado Trail and the Valley floor. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and it was aged for 20 months in new oak (90% French and 10% American).

This darkly colored beauty is showing very little sign of age as far as color is concerned. It is quite opaque in the center of the glass and on the edges slightly fades to a deep ruby colored red.

On the nose I get gorgeous aromas of ripe blackberry, violets, peppercorn, cedar, soil, dried herbs, and coco. It's really just a fabulous bouquet and very typical of a top class Napa Valley Cabernet. I can already tell that this bottle is in perfect condition and that the previous bottle I had must not have been stored correctly.

On the palate this wine turns in a heavy dose of thick black currant, coffee bean, dark and heavily cacao'd chocolate, spice, cedar, black licorice, and subtle hints of nutmeg. This wine is showing absolutely beautifully and is as youthful as one could possibly expect from a wine with 6 years of age on it. The finish is long and flavorful, with ripe black currant and dark chocolate notes.

This is the type of wine that must be decanted because of it's powerful nature, and because it is clearly unfiltered. It's also the type of wine that I can see tasting even better the next day after being opened. Give this one another 5 years in the cellar and it should be even more breathtaking. 92 points

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