The Wine Advocate and Robert Parker-Online (December 2007)
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. 94 points.
“This winery on Spring Mountain owned by the Marston family has been around for well over three decades, with the fruit sold primarily to Beringer. They are now estate bottling some of their wine, and we should all be thankful for that. There are about 500 cases of each vintage. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty! Aged in 400-liter puncheons (as winemaker Philippe Melka believes the larger size helps tame some of the naturally high tannins from this mountain site), this wine exhibits a deep ruby color, a beautiful nose of melted licorice, spring flowers, cassis, and hints of blueberry and chocolate. It is elegant, full-bodied, refreshing, and intense. The wine was completely fermented and aged in puncheons before bottling. It should drink nicely for at least 12-15+ years.”
October Issue 2008
#1 Publisher’s Pick
96 Points 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
“Very dark, inky hue. Uplifting cherry and plum aromas with hints of mocha, ginger and clove. Mouth-filling black fruit, chocolate and drying mineral flavors with rustic, rough-hewn tannins that support, rather than abate, the mountain fruit. A fabulous, fruit driven wine that will continue to improve.
July 23, 2008 - Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2005
"Dense and concentrated, this is rich with loamy earth, mineral, dried currant and smoky, toasty, cedary oak flavors that provide structure and depth... Best from 2009 through 2015." -James Laube
Best of Appellation List
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Spring Mountain District
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Color:dark ruby with tinges of purple. With air, the nose slowly unveils aromas of cassis, black raspberry, mocha, tobacco, licorice, flowers, camphor and minerals. On the palate, lively acidity helps frame concentrated flavors of black currant, blueberry, chocolate, violet, anise, and graphite along with more subtle notes of menthol, underbrush, and crushed rock. Dense, thick and powerful, it finishes with firm tannins that are plentiful, but ripe. The Marston 2005 is a classic hillside, high elevation Cabernet. It is-in keeping with the 2005 vintage- a little tighter and more reticent but offers remarkable concentration, depth and potential. Allow three to five years in the cellar before wowing special friends. Anticipated maturity: 2020