Craig here is my opinion of that wine:
2005 California Classic Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah - Score: B+ to A-
This wine is a 50-50 blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and has a story behind it that I am still trying to track down, till then I can say what I know. Samuel Perez, a wine supervisor, made the wine in the early days of Herzog Winery and he made a bunch of wine on the side. The first set of wine was in 2003 and 2004 under the Kiddush Hashem label, mostly Syrah. Those wines were hit and miss, some were great and some were flat and painful, classic signs of poor bottling lines, but he and his consulting wine maker – clearly had skills. After that he made wine under the California Classic Cellars label – in 2004 and 2005, but that is all I know. Someone out there – I need more info on this whole story!
Anyway, back to the wine, the wine is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah and the wine plays like a two headed monster – showing both its sides at different times, but not at the same time – much like the Israeli and Aussie Cab/Shiraz blends.
The wine starts off very much like a rich and startling Cali Shiraz, with deep animal, earth, and rich coffee grind nose, along with smoky notes, cherry, and licorice. The mouth is rich, ripe, and round, and very mineral based with rich mouth bracing and coating tannin – at the same time, with loads of tasty char, along with blackberry, blackcurrant, black plum, blueberry, and lovely rich oak. The finish is perfectly balanced with good mineral, earth, nice bracing and balancing acid, still insane tannin, leather, tobacco, black tea, more char, and raspberry – BRAVO! This is a really unique and richly expressive wine that needs an hour or two to come to life.
That said, the wine has changed a fair amount since that tasting (I had three bottles of it) and my opinion stays the same - a great wine for the price. That said. Here is my post of what I knew of the story of CCC. IF you have more, please send me his contact info, so the real story can be put out there!!!http://kosherwinemusings.com/2013/05/10 ... m-cellars/