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Wine of the Week: 2005 V. Sattui Morisoli Vineyard

"Hope" is the thing with feathers — that perches in the soul — and sings the tune without the words — And never stops — at all ~ Emily Dickinson

It's a brand new year, and this is the very first of what I hope will be many reviews of wines I like to drink, wines I want to share, wines I like to tuck away for a few years, wines I bump into along the way and everything else in-between. 

To say that last year was a mixed bag is an understatement, I had many highs and a few unexpected tragic lows, but that said [my chin held high] I hope each one you will continue to join me for this journey through vines both domestic and imported. 

I've often said in many of my reviews last year, "wow, this is worth the price of admission." Like the many times I've gone to a movie which received plenty of hype, and after viewing it, I realized it was nothing but an empty shell. And at other times, seeing a highly anticipated movie, I walk from the theatre thinking, "that was worth every penny." 

When it came to the wine in today's review [seen pictured above] it, in my opinion, it's no longer "worth the price of admission." I say no longer because when I purchased this wine, back in 2007, it was well worth it, in fact, I had purchased four bottles for $45 each. But now if you'd like to buy a bottle of this same vintage, be prepared to shell just a little more than double the 2007 price, ouch. I guess 'castle' upkeep is expensive. 


Personally, I think [IMHO] that's ridiculous and while I think this wine is stellar, a true Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon classic, sadly I won't be purchasing anymore at those prices. Their current release [2010] from that same vineyard is selling for $65, not too far from the 2007 rate but still a bit steep for my current wine budget.

"Tiny Morisoli Vineyard sits at the foot of Mt. St. John on the western edge of the renowned Rutherford Bench, from which many of Napa Valley’s finest Cabernets are born. "

An outstanding Napa Valley classic from the famed Morisoli vineyard located the heart of Rutherford area. My patience was rewarded quite nicely, as this wine is just now hitting its stride. I decanted for an hour before pairing it with a juicy rib-eye, which was grilled to heaven sent perfection. This wine, dances and sings hitting every [vibrant dark fruit and dirt] note perfectly, the finish is long and lasting. This bottle could effortlessly age another 8-10 years. 

A muscular wine that was bottled unfined and unfiltered, one which I scored this wine 94 soul-searching points on the tasty scale, a wine of real substance and style. And by all means, if you have the kind of coin needed to acquire a legit Napa Valley classic, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better choice

And yes age truly does matter when it comes to high-end juice like this, I'd say waiting 8-10 years for a wine like this to fully mature was definitely its own reward, and at the price, I paid back then, definitely worth the price of admission. Until next time folks remember life is short, please sip long and prosper cheers!

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