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2005 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon "Astral"

Star Lane 2005 Astral

Winery: Star Lane

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Astral"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon & 1% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Santa Ynez

State or country: CA

Price: $80

Cases produced: 1,900

KWG Score: 93 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: July 5, 2010

Wine Review: This opaque purple colored Cab opens with a sour black cherry bouquet with a hint of black licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, smooth as silk, and elegant. The flavor profile is a fruit forward mild sour black cherry and jammy black currant blend with notes of coffee. It also has a dash of black pepper, a hint nutmeg, and aome old oak which add to its complexity. The finish is quite dry and its building tannins are still prominent and linger for quite some time. I would suggest pairing this wine with slow cooked beef brisket. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2005 Star Lane Astral Cabernet Sauvignon shows immense concentration, with huge, lush tannins that frame tightly layered cassis, blackberry, plum, coffee, chocolate, spice, vanilla and smoke flavors. Sporting a suppleness that belies its youth, the wine is drinking beautifully now. But we suspect it will offer collectors many years of pleasure to come.

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