Have had about 4 bottles of this now, and it's quite memorable stuff. First, this wine presents like few others. The bottle is tall, broad-shouldered, and thin on bottom. The cork comes out smoothly and always has a thick layer of darkest ruby on the bottom. Guests are never unimpressed. You'll be tempted to keep the bottles just for how lovely they look.
On first pop, the Cathedral is pretty alcoholic and very floral. Unmistakable California stuff, here. Even a few minutes' of time to open and things evolve into chocolate and cherries, eventually yielding to all manner of fruit after an hour. The floral notes never abate, but thankfully the acid and booze do. There's some nice, ashey oak on the end of things, even getting a bit piquant and minty on the finish. Dark, dark ruby in the glass.
Having found these at around $35/bottle, it's a hands-down QPR winner. At over $60, a little less so. I'd not hesitate to grab one for special occasions, though, especially for fans of New World reds. 90 points, 92 if you take presentation into account.
I'm not alone in loving this wine. It was just named Best Cabernet Sauvignon by Gayot.com! It's complex and the finish is amazing. I also love the story behind the wine...apparently the wine is named Cathedral for Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, because that is where the winemaker, Scott Harvey, proposed marriage to his wife, Jana.
Exciting Old World Style Cab that is the perfect accompaniment to dark meats - particularly duck and lamb. Doesn't overpower food, but plays seductively on the tongue between bites. A great wine to cellar and enjoy in a few years.