The Massouds last bottled a Cabernet with the same site designation as their 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Tuthills Lane in 1995. Charles Massoud says the berries were leaking color already at harvest here, something he has never before witnessed. Cassis and mulberry – backed by cedar – testify to the extreme ripeness of the crop. But there is no sense of cooked fruit, and instead one of invigorating freshness, reinforced by the tart chew of ripe fruit skins. Peat, iodine, and pungent herbs add to the aromatic intensity as well as the palate-staining finish on exhibit in this wine that emphasizes grip and grit over polish. Expect it to be worth following for another 6-8 years.