2005 Star Lane Astral Cabernet Happy Canyon

The older of the two Astral wines that we tasted, this bottle showed beautiful bouquet (aromatics developed in the bottle.)  The nose is aromatically giving, showing cassis and blackberry fruits with potent white flowers.  The palate is dense and rich and rests on a well built framework of tannin and acidity.  The wine has a nice tarry element woven into the huckleberry, tobacco, cedar and sweet fruits that constitute the palate.

As mentioned before, this wine has developed layers and is just starting to reveal some elegant nuances that make it a special and delicious wine.  Not just a powerful bruiser with lots of fruit, these wines are starting to show some sophistication and cerebral virtue.  To me, this wine is a blockbuster and one of the best Cabernet based wines produced in the Santa Barbara area.

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