2005 Rancho Del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L
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"From Howell Mountain, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Rancho Del Oso spends a little longer in oak than the other Sbragia wines, about 24 months. It offers up a deep ruby/purple color and lots of graphite, blackcurrant, floral notes, and more blackberry and cassis on the mouth. It’s dense, full-bodied and ripe with underlying minerality. Drink it over the next 12-15+ years.
Ed Sbragia already had a sensational legacy as the master winemaker for top wines at Beringer before he founded his own brand. His pricing philosophy is to be admired, as is the quality of the wines. In short, consumers are receiving outstanding value."
-Robert Parker Jr., June, 2015
Rancho Del Oso is one of my favorite vineyards. Owned by Betty O’Shaughnessy, this vineyard is located at the very top of Howell Mountain, and is named after the red bear that climbs the deer fence and swims in the reservoir. I love the big fruit flavors and unmistakable intensity of the Cabernet and Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain. This is the sixth vintage for this wine, and once again my grapes came from the northern part of the vineyard, and the terroir expression comes through in the wine’s strong but elegant structure.