With a saturated, ruby color the 2005 Secolo is all about aromatics, finesse and elegance. It has a pebbly minerality notes with shades of blackberry, dried herbs, mocha, showcasing it’s cooler vintage attributes. Although not as “big” as the 2004, it still packed a lot of black cherry, currant fruits with complex sandalwood, and leafiness. It finishes with mild tannins that remind you that aging will reward, yet is unusually caressing at this stage. This wine’s sexiness is its balance and aromatics, uncommon in California Red Meritage wines, which should make a convert out of any die hard, Red Bordeaux fans.
"Smooth and sleek, with spicy berry, currant, herb and sage notes that are tightly wound and a bit crimped on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2012. 5,300 cases made. –JL" -Rated 87, Wine Spectator
"75% Cabernet Sauvignon; 18% Merlot; 4% Petit Verdot; 3% Malbec. Over the last several vintages, Sebastiani's Secolo has rated among the better Cabernet buys to be had. In this outing, however, it stints slightly on richness, and, while it leads with a nice mix of oak and sweet fruit, it tightens a bit and lets a hint of greenness into the finish." -Rated 88, Connoisseur's Guide to California Wines