2005 Mountain Terraces Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley
This wine is a monster in progress. Produced from a selection of our best barrels from Mountain Terraces Vineyard, this 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon is massive now and will continue to pick up weight in the bottle. Erich felt strongly that we had the quality in barrel to bottle a true, reserve-quality wine. And after a considerable amount of blending work to identify the very best barrels, we feel that we have come up with a prodigious wine.
Sojourn sourced Mountain Terraces Vineyard fruit from two significant but different blocks. The Phase-2 fruit grown in rhyolitic soils (white ash) provides bright red fruit, substantial tannic structure and a higher pH. Phase-3 fruit is grown in basalt soil (red lava) and produces small berries from its low calcium and nitrogen soils. The wine from Phase-3 is deep, dark and concentrated with an iron ore mineral component.
This wine has an inky, bluish-purple color to the rim, with a nose of blackberries and cassis mixed with black currants. Earth and terrior ooze from the soil, and notes of heavily roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate are present in the mouth. The tannins are ripe and integrated, and the acidity is vibrant, but low profile. This wine possesses tremendous texture, a sumptuous mid-palate and a very long finish.