2005 Selene Cabernet Sauvignon

Hello from Selene!

Wow! It’s been a long hot summer, the kind of summer that grapes love. We have been busy with the 2008 Harvest, and now that Fall has arrived we are finally able to ship wine safely. So here is our offer for the 2005 Selene Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc)

We received a great review from Wine Spectator:
“Dense, rich and savory, with loamy herb, anise and sage-laced currant and blueberry flavors that coat the palate and offer depth and persistence, ending with rich layers of fruit and tannins. Best from 2009 through 2015. – J.L. 92 Points.”

The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Block C-1 at the Stagecoach Vineyard perched high on the southern flank of Pritchard Hill. The Cabernet Franc comes from old vines at the Frediani Family Vineyard in Calistoga.

Vines looked very good across the board in the 2005 growing season. Steady rains in winter and early spring provided and ample profile of available water in the soil. The temperatures were moderate and consistent as well. The weather stayed dry through October, allowing for long hang times. The Cabernet Franc was picked in the third week of September and the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 30th.

The Cabernet Franc saw 24 days of maceration on the skins before pressing to 70% new French oak barrels. The Cabernet Sauvignon was on skins for 20 days and aged in 85% new French oak. The wine was blended and bottled in late June 2007. Here’s my tasting notes:

Fresh blackberry, jammy raspberry, dark chocolate truffle, violets, fresh tobacco, graphite, and creamy vanilla. Flavors in the mouth show lots of black fruit, with very good impact and intensity, rounded by full, chewy texture, leading to a long, satisfying finish.

We are keeping the price the same as the previous vintages at $70.00 a bottle. Don’t forget, overnight shipping is included on all orders over $100.00, and we just added ND, MI and WY as states we can ship to.

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Mia Klein
Selene Wines