International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($75) Good full medium ruby. Cool aromas of blackberry, mint, minerals, licorice and coffee. Pungent cherry and chocolate flavors are kept under wraps by a strong rocky character, with ripe, nicely integrated acidity giving shape to the wine's flesh. Serious wine, but suppler on entry than the Beringer wine from the same vineyard, which comes from different blocks. Finishes with ripe tannins and very good length.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93From Howell Mountain, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Rancho Del Oso spends a little longer in oak than the other Sbragia wines, about 24 months. It offers up a deep ruby/purple color and lots of graphite, blackcurrant, floral notes, and more blackberry and cassis on the mouth. It's dense, full-bodied and ripe with underlying minerality. Drink it over the next 12-15+ years.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Notable for its zesty, creamy, toasty oak, this also delivers a mix of ripe cherry, currant, anise and hazelnut. Focused, balanced, elegant and complex, ending with a long, detailed finish.Author: James Laube
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 35 bottles owned
- 25 collectors