Stephen W wrote:Please post the 2005 SRes Cab. I found the 2003 an exceptional wine and would like to see the comparrison between 03 & 05.
Even better. To make true comparison easily available, following are my most recent tasting notes for the releases of Recanati's Special Reserve since it's first release in 2000.
Special Reserve, 2006: A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Mer-lot. Full-bodied, with firm tannins integrating now and showing currant, blackberry and cherry liqueur aromas and flavors. Generous toasty oak here at this stage but that with the tannins will settle in nicely to produce a simultaneously intense but round and elegant wine. Best from release–2013. Tentative Score 89–91. K
Special Reserve, 2005: Deep royal-purple, full-bodied, with firm, still rough-edged tannins, those integrating nicely with light spicy wood and fruits to show fine balance and structure. A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot, this is a big, rich and bold wine, with concentrated layers of currant, blackberry, anise and cedary oak flavors. Drink now–2013. Score 93. K
Special Reserve, 2004: A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot, with generous but not exaggerated toasty oak and soft tannins, those integrating nicely and opening to reveal a rich array of currant, blackberry and black cherry fruits, with gentle overlays of mint and chocolate. As the wine develops look for a hint of cigar tobacco on the long finish. Drink now–2012. Score 93. K
Special Reserve, 2003: This deep, broad, gently tannic blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot combines Cabernet currants, cassis and spicy-herbal overtones with typical Merlot softness. Good balance between wood, tannins and fruits, and a long finish. Drink now–2012. Score 92. K
Special Reserve, 2001: As in its youth, deep garnet towards royal-purple, full-bodied, with fine balance between well-integrated soft tannins, spicy and mocha-rich oak, and currant, blackberry and ripe red plum fruits. Some variation between bottles but that primarily in fruit intensity. Drink now. Score 90. K
Special Reserve, 2000: Aged 18 months in new French oak, this full-bodied mature blend of 50% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot now shows soft tannins in good balance between fruits and smoky oak. On the nose and palate tempting currants, black cherries and vanilla and on the long finish herbal, earthy and leathery notes. Not for further cellaring and with a good deal of variation between bottles. Drink up. Score 90. K