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2005 Scholium Project - Cena Trimalchionis Farina Vineyards 750ml
2005 Scholium Project - Cena Trimalchionis Farina Vineyards
USA - California
White / Sauvignon Blanc
2005 Scholium Project - Cena Trimalchionis Farina Vineyards
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 132

($60; 100% sauvignon blanc; from botrytized fruit) Full medium-deep gold color. Exotic aromas of orange marmalade, apricot and honey. Dense, thick and distinctly high-toned (the VA is over 1.0), but given shape and energy by powerful acidity and its strong (80% new) oak character. The long finish shows a pronounced phenolic character but the wine comes across as juicy and clear. A good example of what winemaker Abe Schoener seeks out: "special vineyards that allow me to harvest very ripe fruit with high acidity." Schoener suggests pairing this idiosyncratic wine with foie gras, grilled eel or goat cheeses.

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Vinfolio Author: Vinfolio Team Issue: 150

This wine was the highest scoring white wine included in Vinfolio's 2007 Top 25 list. For those who want to experience some of the most adventuresome wines in the market, Abe Schoener's Scholium Project is your adrenaline fix. They continually amaze and lead to contemplation of what one should look for in wine.

When first tasted in January 2007, I gave the wine 94 points, comparing it to the profoundly stunning sibling La Severita di Bruto (VF 98), harvested from the same site. Here is what I said then: "Having been there at the conception of this wine when it came into the winery to now witness its birth has helped bring the Scholium Project experience full circle for me. This is the first wine I have ever described as "psychedelic." The Farina fruit came into the winery in 2005 in two distinct lots. Clean, perfect fruit (La Severita di Bruto), and botrytised fruit (Cena Trimalchionis). I tasted both separately and when drinking the Cena now, I experience the full lush richness in the nose without the corresponding weight on the palate. It is about as close as you can have to an out of the palate experience with wine." A follow-up tasting six months later shows a fairly dramatic change in the wine's delivery that led me to re-evaluate.

Bright golden in color, with exotic aromas of tropical fruit and spices. The body is viscous with tactile mass leading to a palate of grapefruit sorbet, splashed with sea salt, shortbread and nectarine. The finish lasts for over a minute.

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Community Reviews

Dan McD Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 02/22/2008 Drink Dates: 2007-2009


UncleHeavyDude Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 12/16/2007 Drink Dates: 2007-2020

Very interesting. Bold but also refined. The honey/caramel/butter notes contrast very nicely with citrus acidity.

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