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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Terra Valentine Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Terra Valentine Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 96387)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose opens with deep plum, violets, cedar and bittersweet chocolate. Bright cola berry follows with notes of caramel and dried fig and a lingering, dark cocoa finish. Will age nicely for the next 5-7 years.

95% Cab Sauv, 2% Cab Franc, 3% Merlot. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, 33% of which were new.

"This is the winery's basic appellation bottling, and while it's not as rich or ageable as their other two vineyard bottling, it's a fine Cabernet Sauvignon. Dry and tannic, the black currant flavors are accompanied by wilder tastes of nettles and pine."
Wine Enthusiast, 90 points

"The soft, super-ripe fruit and the tense, mineral tannins seem to stand apart for now, making this wine black and indecipherable. The tannins are compelling, their tough, mountain-grown character clarifying some of the structure as the wine takes on air. For the cellar, then for thick-cut lamb chops."- Wine & Spirits, 91 points

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About Terra Valentine:

Terra Valentine takes winemaking to a new level-about 2,100 feet above the Napa Valley. It is a winery that brings together a state-of-the-art fermentation system with the uncovered beauty of an artisan-constructed building-a colorful and well-hidden treasure of Spring Mountain history.