Legend has it that a siren once lived in the meadow of a paradisiacal island home surrounded by the garden Utopia of Star Vineyards, her song beckoned vineyard workers to her back porch to enjoy the sensual pleasures of her soft red wines, dulcet tones, and more than ample charms (only Odysseus, lashed to the mast, was able to resist her). To this day, few lured by the siren can turn away from the call of Star Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon, singing of forbidden fruits, its hedonistic richness is balanced by elegance, charm, and the sweet embrace of black silk. Proprietors, Jack and Lilly Oliver have collaborated with Napa Valley luminary David Abreu to create viticultural perfection building on the rich bale clay loam and alluvial rock indigenous to this famed Rutherford bench appellation.
Aromas of raspberry, cherry, blueberry, watermelon jolly ranchers, strawberry, cherry cola, and vanilla cream pie are apparent in this wine. Then the subtle oak aromas of vanilla, anise, cinnamon and clove appear. This wine has luscious tannins and a rounded structure followed by more cherry, blueberry jam, black currants, and chocolate mint flavors. The wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months. The Merlot that is blended into this wine is also from Star Vineyard. It contributes the bright red fruit component in the nose and the velvety mid palate while adding another layer of complexity and balance to the finished wine.
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