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2005 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SANTA BARBARA
  • 88 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 234757-2005

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$99.95

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    ($50) Ruby-red. Inky cherry and dark berry preserve aromas are complemented by sexy vanillin oak and baking spices. Plush dark fruit flavors verge on liqueur-like, with soft tannins adding gentle grip. Finishes with a good wallop of vanillin oak. As rich and sweet as this is, there's good structure and focus.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Ripe and generous, with juicy black cherry, cassis, spice, tobacco and dark chocolate flavors. Focused flavors linger on the finish, with chewy tannins. Drink now through 2012. 7,000 cases made.
    Author: MaryAnn Worobiec
  • Self | Rating: 93

    For a Cali cab, excellent
    Author: Stephen G41
Star Lane Vineyard, part of the Dierberg Family of Wines, showcases Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc from the far eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley. Chosen by Jim Dierberg for its Bordeaux-variety growing potential, the vineyard site straddles micro-climates and covers a range of elevations, providing optimal climate and soil type for each of the more than 80 distinct blocks.

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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 83 bottles owned
  • 37 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 37 collectors)