2005 Saint Laurent Cabernet Sauvignon

Hello friends. I’ve recently gotten sucked into a game called Bit.Trip Runner. For someone who grew up in an era of side-scrolling Nintendo games, it’s irresistible.

One of the most attractive aspects of the game: if you complete a level perfectly, you get the chance to access a bonus level: Cooler! Funner! Awesomer!

Well, we apparently completed the regular Saint Laurent Cabernet level with our 2007 offering from April 4, and today we have been granted access to the bonus level: two vintages earlier, for two dollars less.

Cooler! Funner! Awesomer!

Similar details to the 2007. As a reminder, Saint Laurent started with a fruit-growing family on the Wahluke Slope (apples, cherries, blueberries) who took that experience and branched into wine grapes. They farm the land, they make the wine from their single vineyard, and they fly well under the radar. Like the 2007, this is single-vineyard, estate-grown Cabernet from the Wahluke Slope, at a serious discount (down from a $28 release price).

Before 2007 came along, 2005 was the “vintage of the decade” in Washington, so there’s plenty of good raw material here. The aromatics are a lovely, developing mix of dried cherry, cremini mushroom, tarragon, and cocoa powder. 2005 was a ripe vintage, to be sure, and the fruit is hanging on great, cassis transitioning into dried blackcurrant. It’s a balanced mouthful of earth and fruit, and the texture is just what you’d want from a maturing Cabernet: tannins that are softening and integrating but that are still present.

I’d put this in the latter half of a prime drinking window running from 2011 to 2014 or 2015. You won’t want to stash these too deep in the cellar, but if you’re looking for a mature Washington wine that requires no patience, this is a beauty. First come first served up to 12 bottles, and the wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.

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