2005 LAUREATE Cabernet Sauvignon
700 cases, estate grown and bottled. Fruit from tops of hills above valley.
22 months in French barrels; one third new barrels (Vicard and Taransaud)
August 2007; aged in cave for 30 months
14.5% by volume
There is a complexity to this vintage that is both multi-layered and defined. Rosemary and cedar mingle with cherries, chocolate, and coffee. These flavors, all typical in White Rock Cabernets, find a particularly elegant expression this year, as the sandy tannins are delicately balanced by cream and vanilla bean. The effect is reminiscent of some of Napa’s greatest vintages, 1991 or 1994.