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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Star Lane Vineyards Astral Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Star Lane Vineyards Astral Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 106801)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $73.99

Winemaker's Notes:

In every vineyard, there exist select parcels of land that yield exceptional quality. Since arriving at Star Lane, winemaker Nick de Luca has consistently observed this special nature in three vineyard parcels—blocks 24, 25 and 29. Not surprisingly, they are all contiguous and located along the ridgeline at the highest elevations in the vineyard which surpass 1,500 feet at the pinnacle.These parcels form the nucleus of Star Lane's reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Astrale, a Latin-based word that means, "Pertaining to or proceeding from the stars."

The 2005 Star Lane Astrale Cabernet Sauvignon shows immense concentration, with huge, lush tannins that frame tightly layered cassis, blackberry, plum, coffee, chocolate, spice, vanilla and smoke flavors. Sporting a suppleness that belies its youth, the wine is drinking beautifully now. but we suspect it will offer collectors many years of pleasure to come.

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About Star Lane Vineyards:

Star Lane Vineyard, located at the far eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley, is both the warmest and the highest elevation vineyard in the appellation. Backing up to the lower slopes of the San Rafael Mountains, which loom high above the ranch, Star Lane unfolds itself in its own pristine valley. Traveling 22 degrees North by North East the Star Lane vineyard blocks climb from the canyon floor to the benchlands above and, ultimately to the highest mountain tops sites-each area contributing a unique element to the resulting wines.