2004 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Atlas Peak

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  • Befloyd Likes this wine: 85 points

    June 14, 2012 - A big thick viscous wine. Dark color with a nose of oak, raisins and bramble fruit. The taste was very interesting with big notes of prune juice, raisins, vanilla and big oak! A great cherry mid-palate with an almost savory goat cheese finish. I know that sounds crazy but the cheese aspect was always there. This is a kind of a nerd wine. Excited about it's evolution over the next years.

    Decanted for 2 hours

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  • Grape_ape commented:

    6/15/12, 7:25 AM - interesting... big thick and viscous are not descriptors I would think of for this wine, quite the oppoosite, at least compared to more typical 14.5% and up cali-cabs.... I found this more elegant and feminine relative to many other typical Cali Cabs. Wondering if there is bottle variation, will have to see how my next bottle performs..

  • Befloyd commented:

    6/15/12, 2:15 PM - I know... I saw your post before I tried it and was quite surprised! For me, wines that are unfined and unfiltered have a thick or viscous mouthfeel for me. This bottle did not feel thin at all. With all the upfront oak and dried fruit it seemed to be on the brute force side rather than then finess side for me. Did you get this savory goat cheese finish? It was quite interesting. I have three more bottles and It will be exciting to see if any of them will be more like your tasting notes! I also had quite a bit of floating sediment, did you?

    I took a peek at your cellar list, you have a fantastic collection! Great job on finding some Kosta Browne Pinot! I have not had the opportunity to try it yet but I am on their waiting list! Great to talk to ya!

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