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2005 marks the fourth vintage of the Monte Rosso Cabernet in the Sbragia Family Vineyard line-up.  Thankfully my good friend Mike Martini has continued to share a couple of blocks with me from his famed Monte Rosso property in Sonoma Valley.  Monte Rosso Ranch is a well known grape growing site which looks westward over the entire Sonoma Valley.  The vineyard was named by Mike’s grandfather, and is aptly named given its mountain top location and bright red soils.  Like most mountain vineyards, the vines at Monte Rosso are subject to stress factors that ultimately help shape the flavor of the wine.  The high elevation, which ranges from 900-1,200 feet, features decomposed volcanic rock that is mineral-rich, well drained and porous, encouraging the 20 to 40 year old vines to dig deep in search of water.  

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Winemaker Comments

“Fruit from Monte Rosso’s red soils produces wine that is elegant and rich with intense flavors and good acidity.  Inky purple in color this wine showcases concentrated old-vine Cabernet aromas and flavors of saturated black fruits and cassis with hints of mint, spice and minerality. The wine has the characteristic tannins of a refined mountain Cabernet, yet also has a velvety texture and a juicy and long finish thanks to the addition of a touch of Cabernet Franc.”  – Ed Sbragia




HarvestOctober 17 -18 & November 1, 2005

Components:  96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc

Case Production: 950

Alcohol: 14.6%

TA: 0.6g/100ml             pH: 3.75            RS: 0.02