Star Lane Vineyard 2005 Astral Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Ynez Valley)

This might be the most expensive Cab ever from Santa Barbara County. It's certainly a serious wine, full-bodied and rich, with the finely ground tannins you find in Napa Valley. The flavors aren't bad either, all about cassis, cherries, chocolate and cedar. Yet there's an herbaceousness that calls to mind old-style Santa Ynez Cabs. Seems best now and for a few years.

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