Cab Tasting Notes – Justin, Sojourn, Conn Valley, Chateau Montelena

A few cabs from the Thanksgiving weekend.  Opened two on Thanksgiving Day to serve with prime rib roast.

2005 Justin Isosoles – Decanted for several hours. Great fruit, nice mix of red and black.  Almost has a mineral, stony flavor.  Really matches well with the prime rib.

2005 Sojourn Home Ranch – Bought three of these the first time I met Craig at the old crush facility in Santa Rosa.  Tried a bottle a couple years ago with mixed results.  This time this one really sings.  It’s amazing that this wine, made with grapes planted just a few years earlier, has developed into a beautiful Sonoma cab.  Can’t wait to try subsequent vintages of Home Ranch in the future.

Then several more on Saturday with friends.

2006 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley – Decanted for 1 hour.  This wine never really opened up.  Muted plum fruits with a distinct herbal backbone.  Need to give this wine a few more years in the cellar.

2000 Conn Valley Napa Valley Cabernet – Popped and poured.  Tasted over the course of the evening.  Sweet plum and cassis flavors are prevalent.  Fruit became less pronounced and the wine seemed to loose steam as the evening wore on. 

1993 Conn Valley Napa Valley Cabernet – Decanted for an hour.  After opening the 2000 we were real interested in tasting an even older vintage.  What a difference.  This wine had plenty of stuffing left and possessed those classic mature Napa cab flavors.  This wine was a treat.  Kept going back for a little more all evening.

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