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2005 RB Cellars, Reserve Cabernet

2005 R&B Cellars
Reserve, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

TRIPLE GOLD MEDAL - 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
- Tasters Guild Wine Lovers Int'l Wine Competition
- 2010 Critics Challenge Int'l Wine Competition
- Lodi Int'l Wine Competition
- Dallas Morning News Wine Competition

Tasting Comments:
This 2005 R&B Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an extraordinary wine with remarkable depth and complexity. Bright ruby red in the glass, the 2005 R&B Cabernet boasts a lovely nose of berry, fig, cherry, cocoa, and a slightly herbal vanilla note.  The palate is dominated by blackberry and currant, with plum and spice, and chewy tannins that linger on the finish, suggesting this five-year-old wine has plenty of life left.  The finish is long and concentrated, leaving an impression of dark chocolate.  This is a wonderful Cab for those who enjoy a big, full-bodied red wine that remains balanced and doesn’t go over the top into the area of over-ripeness.  Perfect with beef stew or mushroom risotto, this wine certainly proves that the “urban winery” scene is more than just a fad, and is producing some excellent wines.  At $35 for Napa Cabernet, you don’t want to miss this one!

Bingham Ranch:
The Bingham Ranch in Calistoga is one of the oldest Cabernet vineyards in the Napa Valley, dating back to 1850s. There are three parcels of vines used in our Cabernet, one is 55 years old another is 35 years old and the third is 17 years old. It is a small berry clone with very low yields, approximately one and a half tons per acre. The resulting fruit is very intensely flavored with a rich dark blackberry profile that makes intensely structured Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellar Practices and Winemaking:
Perfectly ripe grapes were harvested in late October early November 2005. They were crushed into a stainless tank and cold soaked at 50F for 5 days. The temperature was increased to 70F, and cultured yeast fermentation started and lasted thirty days at a peak temperature of 90F. The grapes were gently pressed and the resulting wine racked into barrels, which were 100% new French oak 60 gallon barrels from ten different French coopers: Vicard, Seguin Moreau, St. Martin, Billon, Trieul, Ermitage, Boutes, Jarnac, Bel Air and Chalufour. The Cabernet was blended in the classical way with small amounts of Cabernet Franc added from an El Dorado vineyard. The wine was aged for 28 months in oak and given an additional 18 months of bottle age prior to release.

Vineyards:  97% Napa Valley, 3% El Dorado,  97% Bingham Ranch, Calistoga, 3% Verbitsky Ranch
  97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 % Cabernet Franc
Harvest Date:
  Oct 27 ~ Nov 4, 2005
Sugar at Harvest:  25.2 Degrees Brix
Total Acid: 
.69 gm/cl
pH:  3.37
Fermentation:  Hand picked, 5 days cold soak at 50 degrees, pumped over 3 times a day,fermentation temp. to 90 degrees, extended maceration for 20 days, D-80 and Monte Rosso yeast.
  22 months in 100% French Oak from 10 different French Coopers; Vicard, Seguin Moreau, Ermitage, Boutes, Jarnac, Bel Air,St. Martin, Billon, Trieul, and Chalufour, 100% new oak.
Bottling Date: 
April 2008
Release Date:  October 2009
Production:  1000 750ml Cases 

Tasting Notes PDF PDF

About The Winery...

R&B Cellars is Alameda's largest family-owned winery. As part of the burgeoning East Bay urban wine scene, the winery's core mission has been to create high quality wines that deliver tremendous value to the consumer. Since 1997, winemaker Kevin Brown has taken a detail-oriented and labor-intensive approach to crafting the highest quality wines. Each of the winery's varietals, having earned 90+ point scores and numerous accolades across the country, has helped to set R&B Cellars apart from the traditional players in the marketplace.

Kevin and Barbara Brown, the owners and winemakers, are jazz musicians, performing at winery events, winemaker dinners and wine tastings across the country. Their passion for jazz is evident by the beautiful musical wine labels and the fun, jazzy names. With over 30 years of experience in various areas of the industry, it is natural that the Brown family has extended their passion for making music into creating fantastic wine. Their motto: Wine That Swings! And it does.

R&B Cellars originally started in 1997 as a side project to create some of California's finest Cabernet Sauvignon, producing only 230 cases that first year. The first vintage, the 1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, was critically acclaimed, winning the Vinalies D'Argent in Paris of 2000. This year's 2005 release has already garnered a Double Gold Medal from Tasters Guild International Wine Competition; it was voted "Best of Class" and "Judges Choice" with a TRIPLE GOLD MEDAL, from the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Most recently, it added a Platinum Medal to it's numerous decorations, this time from the Critic's Challenge International Wine competition.

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