2005 Mayo Family Winery Red Dog Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Mission Codename: Old Red Dog, New Tricks…

Operative: Agent Spy Dog

Objective: Sniff out an exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon from our friends at Mayo Family Winery.

Mission Status: Accomplished, Grrr…. Ruff!

Current Winery: Mayo Family Winery

Wine Subject: 2005 Red Dog Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Michel Berthoud


A few months ago we featured another superb Mayo Reserve red. The wine was so well received by those that were able to get their hands on some that requests for a another Mayo Family wine have been pouring in. In particular, their Red Dog Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon seems to be the in-demand wine of choice among our thirsty Operatives. For those that beleive that dogs don’t like wine, I’ve got news for you…

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Dark concentrated purple and almost black in color with a dark inky core. Deep purple and garnet edges and when swirled the slightly viscous texture and clusters of medium thick legs cling the the glass.

Smell – Bold and intense in aromas that leads off with dusty wild fennel, notes of green bell pepper expertly layered over ripe black-fruit. Complex hints of black pepper, exotic spice and oak round out the luscious bouquet of this wine.

Feel – The initial attack of this full-bodied wine is tart and masculine, but give this wine some time and this full-bodied wine smoothes dramatically but remains slightly chewy in texture. Good acidity, firm but fine tannins and nice minerality with touches of spice that hit the tip and back of the tongue.

Taste – Concentrated fruit flavors with blackberry, sour raspberry and other black-fruit. Flavors of toasted oak, exotic spice and wild fennel are balanced over notes of smoke, tobacco and an earthy minerality.

Finish -Long, lingering and smooth that includes balanced flavors of its fruit, wild fennel and spice.

Conclusion – As our operatives know, we love wines from higher elevation vineyards. The 2005 Mayo Family Winery Red Dog Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is just that! Bold and concentrated with also with tremendous elegance and finesse. This wine is drinking wonderfully right now, but its structure is sufficient to allow this wine to improve with cellaring for a good 10 years or more.

Mission Report:

The Wine Spies’ Spy Dog after a recent mission.

Ahh, the simple pleasures in life… Chasing squirrels; getting a good scratch, the kind that makes my back leg go loco; and perhaps my favorite, running wild in the hills, especially when those hills have nice smelling Cabernet Sauvignon grapes planted in dense rows. So when my dedicated servant Agent White asked if I would accompany him to inspect a vineyard I jumped right in the car, gave him a bark of approval and stuck my head out the window in anticipation.

A short drive beyond the Silverado Trail on the east side of Napa I could start to see the hills. My body started to quiver in anticipation as I picked up the smell of fall leaves, warm slightly dusty wind and bramble brush. Us four legged spies have much better sniffers than you two-legged operatives. Finally Agent White started to notice as we approached the Red Dog Vineyard.

We pulled over to the side of the road and Agent White opened the door for me, he is such a gentleman, which is why me and Agent Blush love him so. Immediately I was taken. A great view of the valley below and great fruit. I ran up and down the rows checking all the great smells as my body torqued in full approval. Agent White was out doing something boring like gathering soil samples and checking the small dense purple clusters of fruit on the vines, but I was in heaven. Finally, he gave me a whistle and I knew our short sojourn was coming to an end. Well, I understood that he needed to back back to work, and I had some business of my own to attend to as well.

Later that night, I remember hearing him and Agent Blush talking about our trip. They were also tasting the 2005 Mayo Family Winery Red Dog Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine from from this great vineyard. It seems as if they were having as good of time as I did on our outing. As I lied there on my side, I gave them a quick glance of approval, a good long contented sigh and a couple wags of my tail. I secretly hoped that one of them would give me a sniff and a sip of that yummy wine.

Just another day in a Spy Dog’s life…

Wine Spies Vineyard Check:

The Mayo Reserve Room, where I sniffed out this delicious Napa Cab, can be seen in this satellite photo.

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