December 1st, 2008
A 450-case blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane Vineyard has more in common with a first-growth Pauillac than many people might be willing to admit. Aged 20 months in primarily new French oak, its inky/blue/purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of graphite, cedar wood, creme de cassis, spice box, and incense. The wine is full-bodied with great purity, richness, sweet tannin, concentration, texture, and length. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink it over the next three decades.