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2004 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana Knights Valley
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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2007

($80; the soil here is rich in white volcanic ash) Good full ruby. Black fruits and a hint of game on the nose. Silky on entry, then more complex and less oaky in the middle palate than the Helena Dakota bottling, offering an attractive combination of ripeness and verve. But not at all overly sweet. Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins and a juicy quality that suggests this will age gracefully. According to Barbara Banke, co-owner of Jackson Wine Estates with her husband Jess Jackson, this winery used two sorting tables beginning with the 2004 harvest, and also introduced a Mistral machine that blows away damaged and dried-out grapes and bits of stalks.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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