2005 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Napa should have more wines of this fold. I would wait at least 1 or 2 more years, though its definitely drinking just fine with 2 hours of decanting.
Color: Dark red, ruby edges
Nose: Cherry, licorice, spicy currants, some terroir driven earthy notes.
Palate: Still tight, but showing a solid core of black cherry and licorice, a savory wine, with a cedar and mint notes.
Finish: A solid tannic structure frames the wine nicely: fine, but well defined, very precise. The acidity on the finish refreshes the palate.
I had all of the Realm 2005 wines and this was my favorite.
What this wine is NOT: Black as night, super sweet oaky nose, syrupy droopy fruit flavors with a chunky flat finish.