The High Trellis vineyard has been producing grapes since the late nineteenth century. It was
nicknamed "The High Trellis" as its vines were the first at d'Arenberg to be trained above knee-height.
Over the past four decades, Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard has been released under the
d'Arenberg label to consistent critical acclaim.
The 2005 High Trellis Cabernet has a dense plum color with crimson hues. The aroma is ripe black
fruits of blackcurrant, plum and cherry with roasted capsicum and minty notes. The palate is tight and
controlled showing excellent concentration with plums, mulberries and varietal blackcurrant leaf.
Ripe tannins and elevated acidity provide structure and finesse. This wine will age gracefully,
developing elegant cigar-box, tobacco, coffee and mocha aromas.
"The 2005 The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 9 months in French and American oak. It is opaque purple-colored with an attractive perfume of cedar, spice box, cassis, plum, and black currant. This is followed by a medium-to full-bodied, structured wine with moderate tannin, ripe flavors, and lively acidity. It has 2-3 years of aging potential but can be enjoyed now."
The Wine Advocate
This is a good medium bodied Cab - particularly for the price. The nose is a bit forward, but it opens up in the glass fairly quickly, with tart berry flavor on the finish. I'm not getting the capsicum (pepper, for those of us in the US) that the wine maker's notes mention, but overall the balance is good and the tannins are light. Not hearty enough for a strong cheese pairing - but matched well with roasted garlic and olive oil smeared on cracked wheat flatbread :-) If I could give half star ratings, this would be 3.5.