Friday, June 22, 2012

St. Clement Vineyards 2005 Oroppas Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

St. Clement is a boutique winery located in the heart of Napa Valley. Its flagship wine is Oroppas, an opulent Bordeaux blend. Oroppas is a big, bodacious red that is rewarding from the moment the cork is popped until the last drop is drained.
Oroppas is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot included in the blend. In addition to its own vineyards, St. Clement includes grapes from some of the top Napa sub-appellations including Mt. Veeder, Howell Mountain and Rutherford in Oroppas. This wine (if you can find the 2005 vintage) sells for about $45.
The wine opens with succulent aromas of berries and jam.  On the palate, Oroppas exhibits great depth with black cherry, smooth dark chocolate and rich fruit. The tannins are smooth leading into a extended, complex finish.
This is a winning wine, delivering world class flavor and demonstrating the art of winemaking at its finest.
Rating: 5 of 5  Value: 3.5 of 5
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