2005 Moon Mountain Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $30)

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Here's one of the great bargains of the year. The 2005 Moon Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon with layered, complex flavors that beautifully reflect the rugged terroir with intense wild dark fruits and crushed black currant character. Dynamic, velvety, tannins structure this opulent wine and promise some additional aging potential, but at this price, who cares? Enjoy it! Moon Mountain Vineyard is located high on the Sonoma Valley side of Mount Veeder, at nearly the 2,000-foot elevation. "Winegrowing" on Sonoma's Mayacamas Mountains, home to Moon Mountain Vineyard, began in 1857 when Agoston Haraszthy--often called the father of the California wine industry--bought 560 acres stretching from the Sonoma Valley floor high up the mountain range. We've enjoyed several vintages of this wine and with this discount it's one to gobble up quickly.

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By: Alexander Fan | Review Date: 3/29/2011
I found this wine to be surprisingly elegant at this price point. It has a pleasant nose with coffee scents. It has a light body (for a cab) and silky tannins. I found earthy flavors in the mid-palate. A tiny grip in the finish. Only a hint of complexity, but quite good for $13. The K&L staff is right on this one. The sediment is quite heavy.
Drink from 2011 to 2013

By: jim gillespie | Review Date: 3/17/2011
Drinkable for the price point but NOT outstanding and somewhat over-described by K&L staffers-The fact that there is still a lot of it around after this long at that price says it all

By: BrianM | Review Date: 1/25/2011
Great wine for the price, good fruit on the palate but not much structure in the acidity or tannins. Some complexity, medium length finish. After pouring a couple glasses I found a huge streak of sediment - totally didn't expect that from an '05! 3rd glass wasn't drinkable - definitely let this one stand for a few days before carefully decanting.

By: Bill Stannard | Review Date: 1/24/2011
i am not sure anyone would pay $30 for this wine. Yes, some complexity here, but over-oaked to death.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).