2005 Bridesmaid Napa Red
From Robert Parker: "The excellent 2005 Bridesmaid Proprietary Red, a Bordeaux blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as well as 20% Cabernet Franc, exhibits a dark ruby color as well as an intriguing bouquet of tobacco leaf, black and red currants, lead pencil shavings, and subtle wood and earth scents. It is ideal for drinking over the next 5-7 years." (Dec. 2008) One of the San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2008: "A joint negociant project from Napa notables Pam Starr (Spottswoode, Crocker & Starr) and Drew Neiman (Kongsgaard) that blends top lots from undisclosed locations. This mix of cabernet, merlot and cabernet franc offers an immediate oak-driven thrill on the nose - lots of toast, chocolate, deeply extracted black cherry and leather, with a juicy, bright palate and salty highlights." (Jon Bonne) You know the saying - always a bridesmaid, never a bride -well, it seems it applies to wine, too. Winemakers Pam Starr (Spottswoode, Crocker & Starr, Gemstone) and Drew Neiman (Kongsgaard, Neiman Cellars) created this label for the "bridesmaid" wines of some of Napa's most lauded wineries. The 2005 Bridesmaid Red is a spunky, cherry-filled romp, with toffee and almond and espresso undertones.