Peter Haywood’s Los Chamizal Vineyard climbs the steep walls of a small isolated box shaped valley near the town of Sonoma. This topography gives the vineyard a varied terroir. Recognized as one of Sonoma’s best growers, Peter lavishes as much care on his vines as we do on the wine. The partnership of winemaker and grower is exemplified in this Cabernet, made from only select vineyard rows. 2005 was an exceptional vintage, with all the stars aligned.
Tasting notes: This is the third vintage of this Reserve, Row Select, blend and the best so far. The color is a deep red, bordering on Garnet. The nose is restrained until the wine has a chance to breath, then brings forth clean and focused Cabernet notes brought forward by berry laced honey notes from the Merlot, vanilla and violets from the oak. The taste is focused, clean and complex, with soft tannins and deep structure. There’s blackberries, dark chocolate and cedar cigar box with a hint of leather. No bell pepper, no plum, no licorice, and no heat. The linear entry balloons out in the center palate then contract back to linear for the long finish. Nothing is out of place. It’s perfectly balanced and delicious.
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