We went through a variety of wines during a BBQ at our house earlier this month. I managed to jot down a just few notes. Unfortunately, the 1999 Ravenswood, Merlot Sangiacomo, Sonoma Valley is no longer in a good drinking state even at the low price. The 2004 Sonador, Dreamer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley is certainly lively and robust right now, only showing notes of maturity in the finish. There are attractive flavors and integration but it also reflects the warmth of Napa in its size. Lovers of big-scale wines will appreciate this more than me. I found that a small glass was just fine. I double-decanted the 2005 Il Fauno di Arcanum, Tuscany but it took several more hours for the wine to loosen up. The nose is fine. Anyone who smells it blind will immediately think of a Bordeaux blend. It is not ripe and generous, rather it sports just enough of everything to make it attractive now but it is truly still in a period of slow development. If you do not mind your Bordeaux from Tuscany than lay down several bottles. This could be quite good in several years. It was a group favorite.
1999 Ravenswood, Merlot Sangiacomo, Sonoma Valley – $18
Alcohol 14.9%. A ripe sweetness surrounds prominent herbal flavors. Unfortunately, the wine is becoming unknit and the flavors are past prime. Not Rated.
2004 Sonador, Dreamer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – $30
This wine is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and 5% Merlot. Alcohol 14.8%. There are fine aromas of blue and black fruit intertwined with wood. The fine black fruit has a clear cedar note from the start. This is a big wine, no doubt, but there is a good integration of all components. You get a hint of maturity in the back end. A one glass at a time wine. ** Now – 2021.
2005 Il Fauno di Arcanum, Tuscany – $20
Imported by Sovereign Wine Imports. This wine is a blend of 77% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Alcohol 14.5%. A fine nose evocative of Bordeaux. The slight round start brings red and black fruit with flavors that are noticeably dry in the middle. The wine is still firm and slightly tannic but the watering acidity maintains balance through the perfumed aftertaste. After many hours of air it starts to open up. *** Now – 2026.