Original tasting and review : This is Martin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2005, finished at 14.7% alcohol and first nine sampled years from vintage date, in November, 2014.
In the glass: Deep, bloody magenta, opaque from an inch in.
On the nose: Poured at cool temperature and swirled vigorously, shows vigorous, blood red fruit, including plenty of beets and a hint of age. From the aroma, seems like this will be fat and bold.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact classically big Sonoma cabernet, with a light hint of age showing as vegetable medley, including hints of broccoli and cauliflower. The veggies are unfortunate, as the core wine shows a fine grip and power.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but was likely stronger when younger.
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