Arrowood Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This is a broad, generous Cabernet with incredible depth and complexity. The color is dark from center to rim. The bouquet is highly
aromatic with notes of cassis, currants, vanilla and toast. The extended oak aging tamed the tannins and added rich,textural notes to the
wine. Thick, round and mouth filling, it is a wine that combines power and grace.
"The age worthiness and brilliant quality of Dick Arrowood's Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon is reflected time and time again in blind tastings when it is inserted against Napa’s finest. Recently, the 1995 acquitted itself at the top of the group in a tasting of some of the very best 1995s from Napa. This is a sensational wine that is blended from different top vineyard sources in Sonoma Valley. The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Speciale, which spent 30 months in oak before being bottled unfiltered, has a deep ruby/purple color and a gorgeous nose of cedar, crushed rocks, black cherry, and cassis, with some licorice and roasted herbs. The wine has fabulous intensity, a full-bodied, opulent palate, ripe tannin, and a long 50-second finish. Arrowood made just under 2,100 cases of this superb wine, and for the price, it is a relatively good value in high-end northern California Cabernet. This wine should drink well for 10-20+ years.
The Wine Advocate
"Inky ruby. Mineral-dominated bouquet offers smoky red- and blackcurrant, dark cherry, iron and raw meat; smells like a Graves. Deep, rich and powerful, offering chewy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and finishing with firm tannic grip. A medium-bodied, intensely flavored wine with very good finishing lift and persistence. This is very nicely balanced."
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Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals.
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