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This vineyard, high above the Rutherford AVA, on the gorgeous hillside not far from the famed restaurant and hotel Auberge du Soleil, has produced a winner in my retrospective of 2005s. This is clearly a great terroir, and that comes through in this savory, broad, expansive, pure 2005 Proprietary Red from Sloan. Offering black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, silky tannins, notes of forest floor and spice box, and loamy soil undertones, the wine is dense, full-bodied, opulent, and just entering its plateau of maturity, where it should keep for another 15-20 years. This was one of the stunners in the great line-up that I tasted of 10-year-old North Coast Cabernet Sauvignons.
The wines crafted by Sloan Estate are wildly popular and praised by professional critics and aficionados, yet the winery itself remains one of the most private and guarded in the New World. The ultra-prime 12 acre estate vineyard was established by David Abreu in the coveted Rutherford AVA, planted with Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. When the initial 2000 vintage was released in 2004, it was clear Sloan Estate’s luscious, dense and complex Bordeaux Blends are not to be taken lightly. With a limited annual production of 600 cases, 100-point scores by Robert Parker, and a super-exclusive mailing list reserved for the most elite and long-standing oenophiles, amassing Sloan Estate wines is next to impossible; but Benchmark Wine Group has your back.
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