Reininger "Helix" Red Wine 05
From the winery: Chuck Reininger on the 2005 Helix Cabernet Sauvignon: "Yoga for the Palate! Permit this wine to reelaxxx for awhile. While sitting straight up with eyes closed, focus on the Helix (the wine and the shape) by swirling the Cabernet around on your palate. Without swallowing, gently inhale once or twice to unravel the black raspberry, plum and cassis layered with caramelized oak, a barely perceptible hint of clove and very fine tannins. Swallow. Exhale. Life is gooood." With only 784 cases made, and riding on the platinum lined shirt-tails of the 2004 Helix Cab, this wine is bound to vanish quickly.
Prior vintage notes:
Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2005
"Helix Pomatia's blend of Bordeaux varietals and Syrah pair well with a diversity of meats - beef, pork, duck, sausage and even turkey. The Merlot's plum and herb dominate the nose along with a touch of Syrah's classic tar, melded with a wisp of roasted coffee. Thyme and a hint of rosemary spiral around blueberry, black currant, and plum against a background and finish of cherry espresso with a splinter of cedar. With a little breathing time the herbs and tar evolve into a mellow black olive that integrates beautifully with the fruit."