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Rosenthal the Malibu Estate
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Selection for Wine of the Week March 22, 2010

Rosenthal the Malibu Estate 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon wine review

Rosenthal the Malibu Estate
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon


Rosenthal is best known as the winery producing hand-crafted wines in Malibu, CA—the ultimate bastion of celebrity. The vineyards and winery are located 1,400 feet uphill from the celeb-studded coast, above the fog, in growing conditions suitable for fine wine. Owned by Hollywood heavyweight George Rosenthal, the winery began with a helicopter ride. Looking for Malibu property from the air, Rosenthal spotted a protected valley in which he saw a potential for growing Bordeaux varietals. Rosenthal purchased the property and began growing grapes in 1987. Today the winery produces Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and several red blends. The 2004 Cabernet offers bright, tart aromas and flavors including cherries, cranberries and currants. Heavy oak influence takes what could have been an overly acidic wine and adds eucalyptus and cigar on the nose and palate and vanilla and caramel on the finish. The wine is made in a restrained, food-friendly style; however, it leaves us wanting more body and complexity. Try it with wild mushroom ravioli, pork or chicken in a cherry sauce, coq au vin, simple roast beef or even dark chocolate sea salt caramels.

Rating: 14/20

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