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2005 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Double Diamond Red Hills Amber Knolls Vineyard Lake County
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90-91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2007

Bright, deep ruby-red. High-toned aromas of blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and espresso; this smells thick! Then superconcentrated if a bit unrefined, with bright acidity giving shape to the crushed berry flavors. This extremely primary wine boasts a sappy, candied, almost zinfandel-like fruit character and plenty of fat. Finishes with substantial dusty, fine tannins. A lot of fruit intensity for the price.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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