"The estate’s flagship wine, the 2005 Guado al Tasso, possesses gorgeous aromatics and a core of vibrant, dark fruit framed by finessed tannins. Medium to full-bodied, it shows superb balance, particularly in the use of French oak, something that I haven’t always been able to say in the past. With air, attractive notes of wild herbs, smoke, minerals and sweet toasted oak develop to complete this very pretty Guado al Tasso. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019." -Antonio Galloni
Ripe and juicy black cherry and blackberry fruit is fleshy and well-centered, intense, full-bodied and concentrated. Firms up nicely on the finish, with tight tannins and rich dark fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2010 through 2017. 400 cases made.–JL
"The wine is great, complex, and exuberant. We feel very fine aromas of crystallized orange, exotic, mentholated, and few notes of ginger. The noble rot was very beautiful this vintage, the botrytis has a splendid purity. The finale taste is explosive, honeyed, with spices and so on…" -winemaker
"The 2005 Marlstone is an exceptional vintage, with rich tannins that will develop additional softness and complexity with further bottle age. Deep ruby red in color, this wine is intensely aromatic, with opulent blackberry, black cherry, and cassis aromas intermingled with layers of cedar, cigar box, brown spice, and dark cocoa powder. Flavors echo the complex nose and are enjoyed throughout the smooth, lingering finish."
"Tropical notes of guava and curry leaf melt away into more classical ones of zest and very ripe stone fruit. Cocoa and toasted spices complement the whole. The wine has a bracing vinosity. Its initial richness expands and affirms itself, becoming more physical, powerful and structured. It has remarkable length in the mouth, with a touch of licorice and a backdrop of juicy, bitter blood orange. Dom Pérignon Rosé 2005 is extremely physical. This tactile sensation reveals itself through a fresh acidity, grainy tannins and sappiness. The vibrant structure of the wine is unveiled when accompanied with seafood such as an elegant langoustine paired with hummus or with a devilled egg, Prunier caviar and raw asparagus salad. Paired with meat, for instance a charred Waygu beef sashimi with chilled spiced turnip greens, Rosé 2005 offers its smoky minerality up front." —winemaker
The 2005 Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard (56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40%Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc) reveals a dense ruby/purple color aswell as a gorgeous nose of chocolate-covered black cherries and hintsof cedar and licorice, medium to full body, superb richness and weight,and moderate tannins. Reminiscent of a 2005 classified growth Bordeaux,it should be at its peak between 2012-2030.
"Colour: Deep, bright black-cherry colour with lighter cherry hues at the rim.
Nose: With a still glass you find very subtle aromas of cranberries and minerals. Perfect integration with the oak in which fine hints of vanilla and milky touches appear while respecting the primary fruit aromas.
Palate: An elegant palate and finesse in the finish. As it passes through the mouth it can be characterised as a wine for transatlantic tastes as a feature of the vintage." -winemaker