2005 Serene Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
- I bought this during my stop in Santa Cruz, on the way back from Hawaii 2 years ago. The proprietor owns vineyards in the Napa Valley, but sells his wines Santa Cruz. Looking back, I opened a 2007 version of this in June 2012 (http://www.wineloverspage.com/forum/village/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=44459&p=363858
). A search also revealed the Brian Miller opened a bottle of the 2005 about the same time (http://www.wineloverspage.com/forum/village/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=44459&p=363858
14.7% abv. While Brian had a crumbling cork issue, Mine simply broke and came out in 2 pieces. I decanted this for about 2 hours. Very deep ruby color, nose of red fruit, a bit of cigar box and a hint of black olives. The alcohol did not seem overwhelming. Long full finish, hitting everywhere in the mouth, juicy acidity and nice tannic structure. I liked this a lot. It went well with a nice Valentines dinner of grilled bacon wrapped filet, twice baked potatoes, home made sourdough bread, green beans and salad.
Looking above, at Tim York's post, I had a 2000 Château Potensac
ready as a backup for this meal, so I may be opening it in the near future.