This bottle of wine arrived on my doorstep many months ago from my Mother In-law who discovered at her high school reunion that several of her classmates now own vineyards. And she sent me a bottle from each classmate’s vineyard. The first one we drank was a bottle of Esmeralda from Chatom Vineyards.
Tonight’s wine was a 2004 Buehler Papa’s Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon, another one from California. The wine had a real cork closure and was 14.9% alcohol by volume. The winery lists it as sold out, but it was selling for $45 a bottle.
On the nose I found black plums, Coke, all spice, and vanilla. In the mouth my notes say “holy big wine.” Sometimes I get a little punchy when jotting things down It was a big, dark, powerful wine. You could have put a light directly against the glass and not even seen a glimmer on the other side of the glass. This was one of the darkest wines I’ve ever seen. Besides that lovely description, I found more plums, spice, cherries, and raspberries in the mouth.
The wine was a bit tannic in the mouth. I would say this one could easily sit around for another 10 years or so, but my Mother In-law was hoping I would drink them a lot faster than that to give her an opinion on the wines! The wine had real depth and many layers of flavor. It kept getting better with each sip. The fruit was really fresh and I could see it still being that was in 5-10 years. A delicious wine.