2005 Schweiger Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District (Previously $36)

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2005 was one of the best growing years in recent history. A long mild spring and summer gave the grapes plenty of time to soak in the sun and develop intense flavors and tanins typical of great mountain Cabernet. This is a a rich, full-bodied Cabernet, deep in color. The nose of the wine is lively with essences of dark berries, plum, dark chocolate, and toasty oak. The sweet, supple entry crescendos into a deeply intense middle; followed by a pleasant, velvety, lingering finish. Includes 4% Merlot

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By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/20/2010 | Send Email
The 2005 Schweiger Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain delivers. This wine is exactly what I want when I want a structured, powerful, mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon. It displays hedonistic aromas of red currant jam and baker’s chocolate with hints of sweet oak. On the palate the wine has immense depth with dark, black fruit flavors as well as plum and dark chocolate notes. The wine has a supple finish, the tannins intermingling nicely with the acidity to make a wine that is harmonious enough now but can age gracefully over the next 15 to 20 years if you desire. Pair this wine with a big steak or any other food that demands a rich, full-bodied wine.

By: Kyle Jones | Review Date: 10/30/2011
Ordered a few bottles and popped open the first one last night. While at first I was not that impressed, once the bottle opened up for approx an hour the wine was very good. What stood out for me was a very bold fruit forward taste. Enjoyed!
Drink from 2011 to 2012

By: VK | Review Date: 11/26/2010
I don't know what wine Alex was drinking but I agree with the other reviewer's comment. This wine had nothing when first opened. Completely closed and astringent. After about 90 minutes of decanting, it opened up a BIT to reveal some dark fruit but it's nothing to rave about. Structured yes but not much else. Very disappointing. Not just the wine but the glowing review from Alex.

By: Harry Scarborough | Review Date: 10/27/2010
Nothing remarkable here. Lots of acids with mid-range tannins. Opened this bottle on 10/25 with the expecations of great things from Spring Mountain. Having a cellar with many cabs from Pride and Behrens and Hitchcock/Schein, the Schweiger was disappointing to say the least. When uncorked the bottle, the bottom of the cork was a deep purple and sediment was present. The acid was over-bearing and even with 2.5 hours in a decanter, the bitterness remained. It was almost as if the wine was ready to "turn" (towards vinegar).
Drink from 2010 to 2010

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Varietal:

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 Médoc 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.
Country:

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.
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California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.