Clos Du Bois Briarcrest Cabernet Sauvigon 2005 Wine Review
Clos Du Bois Briarcrest Cabernet Sauvigon 2005
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, United States
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Bottle size: 750 ml
Natalie's Score: 93/100
A big, black-fruited beautiful wine with deep, brooding aromas of blackberry, dark plum and black currant. Full-bodied with a towering structure. A dark spice-infused finish that is satisfyingly long. This wine screams steak!
This Clos Du Bois Briarcrest Cabernet Sauvigon 2005 was reviewed on November 6, 2010 by Natalie MacLean
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The grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, to extract flavor as gently as possible, then transferred to small stainless steel fermenters where the juice was pumped over the skins three times a day while fermentation ran its course. At the conclusion of fermentation, the wine underwent extended maceration (24 days) and malolactic fermentation before it was aged for nearly two years in a combination of 88% new and 12% used French oak. In the spring of 2007 the wine—until then maturing
in individual lots—was blended and returned to barrel before being bottled in August 2007.
The 2005 Briarcrest marries suave, blockbuster structure with elegant fruit and stellar varietal appeal, making it as much a cellar selection as a natural fit for today’s table. On the nose, it pairs complex aromas of cassis, blackberry essence, violets, and lavender with powerful notes of graphite, anise, dark chocolate, cedar, espresso, toast, and tobacco, for maximum impact. On the palate, the wine delivers full fruit flavors and structured tannins before a lengthy finish, which wraps up with notes of tobacco, cassis, and toast.
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