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Tamber Bey Vineyards is privately owned and operated by Barry Waitte. The Tamber Bey Estate Vineyard, from which this wine originated, is located at the southern end of Napa Valley’s famous Oakville appellation, just north of Yountville. The name Tamber Bey reflects Waitte’s love for horses. It’s derived from his first two Arabian horses, Tamborina (Tamber) and Bayamo (Bey). Tamber Bey is currently home to six high-level endurance performance racehorses.
“After aging for 20 months in 80 percent new Darnajou and Taransaud barrels, Tamber Bey’s 2005 Oakville Cabernet emerged dark ruby red in color, with an exotically perfumed nose of violet and blackberry... and the essence of grilled bread. The wine’s palate continued to develop after bottling to reveal notes of cassis, cola and raspberry laced with mineral-rich tones. The finish is long and sweet, with just enough fruit tannin to extend it a full 30 seconds.” Winemaker Thomas Brown.
88 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"Made in the modern Napa style, this Cab shows very ripe fruit, soft acids, buttery tannins and quite a bit of smoky new oak. The combination tastes like a blackberry and cherry pastry, with the sweet crust, but the finish is dry. Should do interesting things over the next six to eight years. — S.H." (12/15/2008)
87 Points, Wine Spectator:
"Creamy-textured, with firm dried currant, pencil lead, herb and savory notes. Taut, focused and framed by drying tannins. Best from 2010 through 2016. 500 cases made. –JL" (11/15/2008)