I had gone to one of my favorite haunts today to pick-up 7 - 2002 Kuleto Estate Cabs, plus some NV Auction wines awaiting me. I eyed the New Sbragia line-up of Cabs; Monte Rosso Sonoma Valley, Rancho del Oso Howell Mountain , and this one; Andolsen Vineyard Dry Creek Valley. All from 2003. A vintage I have been avoiding, but for $26...what the hay.
Super dark purple tinged edges. Beautiful floral nose with currants, blackberries, and Cherries. The palate revealed a very lush sweet styled cab. One I would not expect from the vintage. There was amazing sour cherries, currants, and sweet young blackberries as well as some tar, slight anise, and sour cherries. (didn't I say that already?). A solid core of pure Sbragia Cabernet. There was a moderatly long finish that kept the fruit going for 45 seconds (sour cherry and currant). I loved the balance of fruits and deft acid level. The firm tannins were in check, but hanging in the background. Wow. This guy is an artist!!
This is one fantasic wine for $26. Drinks like $50. I will try the others soon.
Life is great. Happy 4th!!!!