Nose: Classic toasty vanilla caramel wood and boysenberry fruit
Palate: Though young for its time in bottle (18 months) it is nicely drinkable, with rich
raspberry and chocolate flavors linked closely to lively tannins. The finish is still pretty
busy and interesting, with sweet cherry notes and small tannin explosions going off all
the way to the end.
Skill and experience were necessary to pull the most out of the vineyard in 2005. Late
rains, cool temperature with fog, and no late season heat combined to make this a
most challenging year. After several passes thinning out the less ripe clusters, Beau
Terre did ripen up nicely, with final Brix in the mid 26s. Color held well, and the
lovely berry notes came out early and just needed to be preserved with gentle
treatment and careful blending, backed up with judicious toasty oak. We added more
Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, to stiffen up the spine.