From Napa valley harks this old vine Cab Sav with some bottle age on it. Black currants and eucalyptus on the nose with an initial attack of black fruits and some beautiful plums. The wine is slightly tannic and has good acidity. I would class it as medium bodied with a fruit-forward Napa style. My only concern was that I could smell the 14.8% alcohol on my own breath after a few seconds, it was the weirdest thing. I did not pick it up in the glass or on the palate, just afterwards. For some complexity I noticed bittersweet chocolate and coffee on the back end. A decent finish with good length made this a pretty decent Friday night wine with some Lamb chops and grilled Cauliflower. It will probably drink for another 5 years or so and gets 89 points from me. I paid $20 for it and reckon that makes it a respectable 3 star wine in my books. Ps. The cork had a heavy build up of sediment so I ran the bottle through my Vinturi which has a filter to trap the junk, it worked out fine. Salut….
Sempre Vive Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
22 Saturday Mar 2014