Star Lane Astral Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Santa Ynez Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon
California, Usa

$49.95 (239509)

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August 20, 2011

Critic Reviews (2)

Julian Hitner
Julian Hitner

The flagship wine of the hugely successful Star Lane Winery, the 2005 Astral is a magnificent wine of utter richness...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Another seriously hot, alcoholic and dried out example of California cabernet sauvignon, with 15.1% alcohol and...

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Community Reviews (1)

Andrew Hunter
Andrew Hunter

This smelled hot. A glance at the label confirmed it: 15.1%! Pass the Advil. But for all the alcohol it also has a big nose of berries, vanilla/oak and fresh herbs. Full bodied, big and sweet with good tannins to balance. Long finish. It's a crowd pleaser for sure, but in the big wine arms race I fear that subtlety, nuance and character is going the way of the USSR.

Hard to tell how this will develop in the cellar. Too hot young = too hot old.

Big, hot, overpriced.

My $50 would be better spent on another bottle of Purple Angel or a good entry level Brunello or Bordeaux.

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