|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Rating||99 RP - 2005 Seven Stones Cabernet - Amazing Wine! - 99 pts! This vineyard, high above the Meadowood Resort, has produced a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months. The label says 14.9% natural alcohol. Having once visited the proprietors, the Wornicks, it is well worth the effort to get an invitation to their property, given the extraordinary sculpture that one confronts on the high steep hillside road leading to the residence. This wine blew me away in the tasting, and again, it is another of the absolutely compelling, great, great wines of this vintage. Of course, it is limited in production, which is always a problem, but this is a candidate for perfection. Inky, bluish/purple to the rim, it has a seamless, full-bodied opulence, with stunningly pure creme de cassis, black cherry and liqueur notes mixed with licorice and incense, yet the 100% new oak is completely concealed. The wine has a hint of minerality and extraordinary richness, texture and a multidimensional mouthfeel and finish. This is one of the great young wines I have tasted recently and, of course, itâ€™s still a baby at age ten. Kudos to Seven Stones! By the way, this is the only time Iâ€™ve met one of the Wine Advocate Bulletin Board participants, Roy Piper, who is doing his own thing these days, and I look forward to tasting his wines. RP|
2005 Sine Qua Non Petition White Blend - 95 Pts!
The 2005 The Petition a blend of 37% Viognier 33% Roussanne and 30% Chardonnay 62% from John Alban's vineyard and 38% from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard is more restrained than the 2006. 2005 was a cooler year but you wouldn't know that from the glorious opulence in both the aromatics and flavors of this light golden-colored wine. Litchi nut buttered tropical fruits flower and subtle wood notes soar from the glass. Rich dry full-bodied flavors coat the palate but supporting underlying acidity provides superb definition to the wine's mass and intensity. This cuvee along with its younger sibling are among the most profound dry whites being made in California. Hopefully they will encourage more wineries to move away from varietal labeling and create blends such as these. I believe that is the future for Central Coast whites. To reiterate it is a challenge to analyze these wines. I know they are distinctive and I think I am beginning to understand why they are so much greater than just about every other Syrah or Grenache-based wine in California. In short it is talent and incredibly meticulous hard work. No one works as hard or is as maniacal about a vineyard's viticulture and winemaking as Manfred Krankl. Take that add in exceptional talent humility top-notch vineyards and I believe I understand the fundamentals of why these wines are so special. RP