Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Marston Vineyard Spring Mountain District 2005
VM90+: Good full medium ruby. Rather reticent aromds of currant, tobacco, licorice and earth; shows less lift than the Quarry. Tightly wound but less sharply delineated than the Quarry, with a slight acid edge to the blackberry, crushed rock and licorice flavors. Finishes with firm tannic spine and a lightly herbal quality. Not a particularly fleshy style, with its sweetness currently under wraps. These 2005 vineyard-designated cabernets were bottled about a month prior to my visit, and this one appears to have been the most affected.