2005 Garric Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2005
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 87
Red Wine
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Varietal 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot

Cabernet Clones 337,341, Jenkins, 'P', 191

Winemaker Pamela Starr

"Big, rich, intense and concentrated, this is a touch gamy, showing savory herb, dried currant and cedary oak notes, with firm, dry tannins. Impressive for its power and vibrancy. Has plenty of tannic muscle. Decant. Best from 2009 through 2014. 494 cases made." (WS)

Two Chicago physicians, Gary Ochwat and Ricardo Cajulis, met in Chicago and realized they had many interests in common including creating a wine with their names on it. When they launched their brand with the 2003 vintage, it was a formidable beginning. Their single offering, a Cabernet Sauvignon made by Pam Starr, is from grapes sourced from Gemstone and Larkmead Vineyards. They have continued to build on that initial success but have very little in the way of retail presence, devoting most of their production to a mailing list and the country's top restaurants.

Shows aromas of dark cherry, creamy black fruit, graphite and spice. The palate is rich and textured with extracted cherry, blackberry and coffee/chocolate. Good length. Drink: 2009-2016. - Doug Wilder, Vinfolio Issue 142, January 2008

Winery Notes:
For 2005 Garric, we continue to source fruit from the same two prestigious Napa Valley vineyards; in Calistoga to the north and in Yountville to the south. We believe the combination of fruit from these two vineyards produce a distinctive wine. The wines are vinified separately and after maturing in barrel, we blend them together to produce what is our definition of a great cabernet. Only the very best lots are used for the final blend.

Tasting Notes
The 2005 vintage is characterized by a long, even growing season and a late harvest of perfectly uniform, ripe fruit. The 2005 Garric reveals a brilliant blue purple color, a floral nose with layers of fruit and spice. On the mouth it is rich, savory and ripe. There is a dark core of espresso surrounded with layers of blueberry, blackberry, black currants and cassis. Classically supple and elegant, this wine is perfectly balanced with a long lingering finish....Winemaker Pam Starr

We believe the 2005 Garric is our best wine yet!