2005 Caduceus "Nagual de la Naga" Red Blend

SKU #1037273 Wine Spectator

 Well-proportioned, ripe and spicy, showing currant, mineral and light cedary oak, building depth and complexity, with a long finish. (JL)  (6/2008)

K&L Notes

The 2005 "Nagual de la Naga" blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese that comes from Caduceus, which is situated high in the mountains between Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona It smells like the love child of old school Brunello and Sassacaia. Bright red and tropical fruit notes like raspberry and lychee are spiked with sweet cherry pie spice on the nose. The fruit, tannins, and acidity are beautifully integrated, bold and subtle at once. This is a wonderful release.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5