Agharta Black Label 2005 1.5L

$160.00

SKU C0GM013

1.5L

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Compared to the 2004, this 2005 is darker fruited, shows a more roasted earth character and is even more concentrated. True to the characteristics of the vintage the 2005 is lower in alcohol and has retained an unbelievable freshness of fruit. Remember though, these extended aged wines are more about secondary aromas and flavors than they are about fruit. This wine is leathery and darkly spiced with complexity and nuance to spare.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region North Coast
Brand Agharta
Alcohol/vol 15.2%
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Wine AdvocateAfter the mind-blowing 2004 Agharta Syrah, I had high expectations that it would be followed by additional great wines, and those hopes were answered with the 2005 Black Label, a blend of 97% Syrah, 2% Grenache and 1% Viognier. Aged 64 months (which must be a record in California) in 30% new French oak, it is another spectacular effort from winemaker/proprietor Pax Mahle. It boasts a gorgeously dense plum/purple color as well as stunning notes of black raspberries, gun flint, blackberries, licorice and camphor. This complex red builds incrementally on the palate resulting in a full-bodied, concentrated, complex wine that is bursting at the seams and loaded with potential. It should continue to evolve for another 12-15+ years.

Robert Parker, February 2011