Wine Last Sold on: May 27, 2013
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
|Region:||California: Napa Valley|
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Mission Codename: The Hills
- Agent Red
- After a long surveillance, complete the infiltration of Loma Vista - and return with their delicious, elegant 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Mission Status
Today’s 2005 Loma Vista Cabernet Sauvignon is, in a word, remarkable.
This wonderful find is juicy, balanced, elegant, voluptuous and quite delicious. Our entire tasting panel was instantly smitten with this wine and, collectively, our only regret is that we could not get our hands on any more of it.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is classic Napa Valley. It is an approachable wine with plenty of complexity. Plush tannins make it a pleasure on the palate while balanced acids make it a wonderful compliment to most meals. Enjoy this wine all on its own, or pair it with a hearty red meat dish.
This wine is in short supply, dear Operative, so please make your choice… quickly.
Drink now, or hold for another 10 or more years.
Deepest crimson red, with perfectly even coloration from the dark heart of the wine out to the edges of the glass. After a hearty swirl, tall, skinny columns of rapid-moving legs start high up on the glass wall.
Lush and full, bursting with aromas of fresh blackberry, blueberry, wild raspberry, strawberry, sweet spice and toasty oak. As the wine opens up, follow-on aromas are revealed, including dried fall leaves, leather and sweet dried tobacco.
Soft, plush and very round across the front-palate. Then, the wine quickly settles onto the mid-palate, ushering in mineral-rich dryness that spreads outward to the lips and cheeks. Plush tannins and a balanced acidity frame the delicious fruits.
Dark, juicy and delicious, led by black cherry, ripe blackberry, strawberry and black currant. After the wine breathes for a little while, it opens up, revealing sweet tobacco, sweet spice, leather, cigar box and pencil shavings (cedar and graphite).
Ultra-long and packed with long-sustaining flavors of red and black fruit. As fruits fade, earthy tobacco, spice, leather and minerals are revealed. At the tail end, a hint of black pepper provides a poignant punctuation.
This dark and earthy Cabernet yearns to be served with something equally intriguing. A beef bordelaise would be a delightful pairing.
What the Winery Says
The Cabernet Sauvignon is from a 2 acre vineyard on Loma Vista Drive which is just off the Silverado trail in the foothills. It is composed of clones 4,191 and 169.
The Petit Verdot is from the Erba Mountainside Vineyard next to Atlas Peak at 1100 to 1500 feet elevation.
- 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot.
- 24 Months in 70% new French Oak.
- Kristof Anderson-protégé of consultant Nils Venge, Saddleback/Venge/Del Dotto/PlumpJack/Carter Cellars
About the Winery
Loma Vista, located on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, is a small winery producing limited quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourcing grapes from the vineyards on Loma Vista Drive and Atlas Peak, the grapes are of the highest quality. Loma Vista is known for producing superior wines from the praised Napa Valley wine growing region.
Kristof Nils Anderson has been making wine in the Napa Valley since 1992. Former winemaker at Lewis Cellars and in years prior, the protégé of consultant Nils Venge, (Saddleback/Venge/Del Dotto/PlumpJack/Carter Cellars) his time has been well spent honing the skills required of an accomplished craftsman. Additional experience from working at ETS Wine Labs in St. Helena combined with cellar time at Pine Ridge and Grgich Hills provide a well rounded and balanced background.
Our style of wine is intended to be very site-specific in flavors and aromatics. My philosophy of winemaking is to simply assist and enhance the flavors of the fruit from the vineyard. At the winery my goal is to try and capture that essence into each bottle of our wine. Our vineyard driven wines are intended to be the perfect accompaniments to food and cuisine, so I prefer to not be too heavy handed in my winemaking techniques.