Celani Family Vineyards 2005 Ardore Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting notes: The Celani Family Vineyards 2005 Ardore Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits fruit and sarsaparilla aromas and an alluring blend of boysenberry, black-cherry, and currant flavors. The French-oak barrels used for aging lend spice to a long finish that promises great cellaring potential. Worth knowing: Theories about the function of the punt—the depression in the bottom of a wine bottle—range from increased strength or balance to the suggestion that it once served as a mechanism by which servants conveyed secret messages to their masters. Celani Family Vineyards, however, has removed some of the design’s mystery: For his 600-case inaugural release of cabernet sauvignon, owner Tom Celani commissioned oversize bottles with massive punts to collect the unfiltered wine’s sediment. Winemaker Mark Herold was adamant about not filtering the final product. “Mark is a huge believer that wine evolves in the bottle over a long period of time,” says Celani. “He believes that by leaving the wine unfiltered, you develop better wine over time.”

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