2005 Cosentino Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
Mission Codename: Greatness
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Cosentino was selected by our Operatives and Agents as “Winery of the Year”. In honor of the event, return to Cosentino Winery, in the Napa Valley, to select a special wine that is representative of the winery’s winemaking prowess
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Cosentino Winery
Wine Subject: 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemakers: Mitch Cosentino
Backgrounder: Some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world come from Napa Valley. Consistently a highly-rated and sought after wine, today’s wine is a Classic Napa Cabernet. Approachable, richly flavorful and deeply delicious, this wine shows off the winemaking skills of Mitch Cosentino – at a price that is hard to resist. Read Agent Red’s tasting notes and mission report to learn more about this fantastic Napa Cab
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Deep ruby hues, with a darker heart and perfect concentration of color, out to the rim of the glass. The wine shows off a fast-moving surface that, when swirled, settles quickly. When the wine does settle, it leaves behind unique, slightly crooked legs that move slowly down the edges of the glass.
Smell – Richly aromatic, leading with a big rush of overripe blackberry, black currant and brown spices. These are soon accompanied by sage, darkest chocolate and hints of clove and eucalyptus.
Feel – Cool and light, then gradually grippy as the wine slowly dries the back of the palate, the edges of the tongue and, eventually, the tip of the tongue as soft tannins work their magic.
Taste – Layer upon layer of dark fruit, leading with blackberry, dark cherry, black currant, subtle raspberry and red cherry flavors. These sit easily atop subtle flavors of dried fall leaves, dark chocolate, soft leather and mixed dark spices.
Finish – Very long with flavors that fade as new flavors are revealed.
Conclusion – This 2005 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is another stellar offering from our great friends at Cosentino Winery! Those of you that have followed my reviews know that Cosentino holds a special place in my heart. For good reason, too; Mitch Cosentino is an experienced highly skilled winemaker. His wines are consistently excellent, well worthy of the numerous awards his wines garner. 2009 was a big year for Mitch. He won Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Napa Valley – and now Winery of the Year. Today’s wine is the perfect wine to showcase Mitch’s skills. If you purchase this wine today, and I sincerely recommend that you pick up a few bottles to enjoy now (the wine is drinking beautifully), and a few to lay down for a few years, as this wine will only continue to improve with age. If you love classic Napa Cab, this wine will delight and impress you with its delicious fruit, deep aromatics and fantastic mouthfeel. Decant for at least an hour for best results. Hearty congratulations to Mitch Cosentino and his entire crew at Cosentino Winery. The Wine Spies love you!
What follows is a reproduction of my original mission filing, from when we first infiltrated Cosentino Winery:
Cosentino Winery has two important distinctions; First, my favorite wine of all time was made by Mitch Cosentino, head of winemaking for the winery. Second, the Cosentino Winery was the most elusive and difficult to bring into the Wine Spies fold.
I first fell in love with Cosentino wines while on a (very rare for me) vacation. Agent Sparkle and I had just wrapped up a mission in Central America and, with a few days left before we were due to report back in, we decided to head to Costa Rica.
Once checked in to our hotel, Hotel Casa Marella, we decided to go for a swim in the infinity pool. The pool, which overlooked the Pacific Ocean, offered a spectacular view of the ocean and the town below. I was in heaven.
Heaven got even better when Agent Sparkle arrived, a bottle of wine in hand, and a giant smile on her face. It was twilight, so I could not make out the label. She opened the bottle, poured and handed me a glass. I took it eagerly.
On inhaling the wine, I knew that it was not a Chilean wine (the most common wine found in Costa Rica). I also knew that it was an exceptional wine, maybe even a California wine. One sip, and the heaven I was in got even better.
“What’s this,” I asked.
“This? Oh, its just that bottle of Cosentino we’ve been saving”
I was shocked, but very pleasantly surprised. How had she managed to smuggle this bottle along on this trip? Had she sent it ahead? That did not make sense, as this part of our trip was improvised.
Rather than press her for details, I simply enjoyed the wine. Drinking wine in a swimming pool overlooking the ocean is a wonderful thing to do. Add a Cosentino wine and the wonderful becomes far more so!
Getting back to how difficult it was to infiltrate Cosentio, I will say that it the delay may have just come down to poor spy-craft. I was just knocking on the wrong doors at the winery. For nearly two years.
So, dear Operative, this mission report is really my Mea Culpa. I did a bad job and it took me way too long to bring you a Cosentino wine. This mission is also my way of making it up to you! Today’s wine, made by master winemaker, Mitch Cosentino, is a great wine at a remarkable price.
The winery loves what we Wine Spies are up to and they allowed us special access to their wine archives. We pulled out today’s wine for you as the first of what we expect to be a handful of additional Cosentio wines that we’ll bring you this year.
A special thanks to Agent S2 (our new inside man at the winery) and to Mitch Cosentino for hosting us at our private tasting recently. It was great fun to hang out with you both – and to listen to Mitch tell us everything about wine, growing and winemaking. We learned a ton and we loved drinking through your wines with you!