Keeping with our habit of holding onto our wines longer than one would expect, we are now just offering the 2005 Scherrer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. As with the previously offered Sonoma County and Alexander Valley Cabs, the 2005 vintage lead to fairly structured Cabernet Sauvignons with a long future. While it enjoyed a substantial proportion of new French oak for barrel aging, the wine has absolutely devoured it. While its firm structural core portends long life, it is quite pleasurable to drink right now, revealing its wealth of black, red fruits, cassis and refreshing earthiness. I find it particularly hard to hold beyond day two when subjecting it to the usual open-bottle-on-the-counter challenge. It is like a black panther, muscles tightly coiled, waiting for the perfect moment to either pounce onto its prey or relax back in the bush. It won’t bite you, but it is sleek, muscular and stealthy at once. I think it is one of our finest Cabernet vintages and will reward long term cellaring.