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Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2005

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Wine Enthusiast Review Rated 91 Most of Merryvale's best Cabs have reserve or vineyard designations, but this basic Napa Valley bottling is very fine. It shows the tasteful elegance and balance that define the estate. Dry and tannic, the 100% varietal wine has deep blackberry, currant and new oak flavors. It should develop well over a decade. Wine Tasting Notes Our Napa Cabernet is a perfect synthesis of balance and intensity. Aromas of ripe blackberry, creme de cassis, violets and star anise leap out of the glass. The wine unfolds on your palate with mouth filling dark fruits and minerality, and the finish goes on and on. Those with the patience to cellar this wine will be rewarded; we recommend decanting the wine in its youth.

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Merryvale Vineyards:
Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. Merryvale’s historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a favorite destination for visitors... Read more
Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. Merryvale’s historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a favorite destination for visitors to the valley. Merryvale is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through sustainable farming practices. Our new Starmont Winery on the historic Stanly Ranch in Carneros is a state-of-the-art solar powered facility, and our estate vineyards are Napa Green Farm certified. For more information, please visit www.merryvale.com. Read less

Member Reviews for Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve

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Snooth User: mallard
95079137
3.00 5
11/02/2008

A slight step up from my everyday red wine.


Snooth User: chapspot
10780783
4.00 5
07/29/2009

Very pleasant. Holding back release has helped. Integrated and balanced - - French would say, "harmonious". Works with meat dishes and cheese. With such nice fruit, acid, tannin balance, should age for a couple years.


Snooth User: otismartin
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3.50 5
08/11/2008

Love it. An old stand-by at my house.


Snooth User: billyhousatonic
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0.00 5
09/11/2011

Actually, it was a 2007 half-bottle (I love half-bottles), and we had it with plain old spaghetti and meatballs. Nice little cab - decent fruit without being a fruit bomb, well balanced tannins, should have opened and allowed to air a bit sooner, as it improved from start to finish. Next time I'll know. Will buy again, as I love half-bottles, which are so hard to find, especially anything decent.


Snooth User: SDWineLover13
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3.50 5
04/05/2008

This cab displays notes of cassis, black current, vanilla and exotic spices. The mouthfeel is round and focused with a long finish. V.


Snooth User: Amy CC
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4.00 5
Vintage: 1997 06/29/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve

External Review
10/15/2009

Merryvale sources grapes from prime Napa Valley vineyards for their Stramont Cab, including Merryvale Estate Vineyard in St. Helena, Beckstoffer – ToKalon and Vineyard X in Oakville, and Georges III in Rutherford. This primo Napa fruit tells the story along with careful vinification using extensive native yeast fermentation and aging in French oak barrels, 30% new, for 18 months. Bottled unfiltered it shows deep extraction and texture. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 92 points and said: “Merryvale’s ’05 is very rich and balanced, and shows fine Napa Cabernet character in the intense focus of cassis, enriched with new French oak. It’s not an ager, but showcases very high Napa quality for immediate drinking.” Very Limited. In Magnum, 1.5 L


External Review
10/15/2009

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2005 Merryvale Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


External Review
10/18/2009

Most of Merryvale's best Cabs have reserve or vineyard designations, but this basic Napa Valley bottling is very fine. It shows the tasteful elegance and balance that define the estate. Dry and tannic, the 100% varietal wine has deep blackberry, curr... Wine Enthusiast. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2005 Merryvale Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 92 EDITORS CHOICEMerryvale's '05 is very rich and balanced, and shows fine Napa Cabernet character in the intense focus of cassis, enriched with new French oak. It's not an ager, but showcases very high Napa quality for immediate drinking.Wine Tasting NotesOur Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon displays aromatic notes of cassis, lifted black current, vanilla and exotic spices. The mouthfeel is round and focused with a long finish.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 91Most of Merryvale's best Cabs have reserve or vineyard designations, but this basic Napa Valley bottling is very fine. It shows the tasteful elegance and balance that define the estate. Dry and tannic, the 100% varietal wine has deep blackberry, currant and new oak flavors. It should develop well over a decade.Wine Tasting NotesOur Napa Cabernet is a perfect synthesis of balance and intensity. Aromas of ripe blackberry, creme de cassis, violets and star anise leap out of the glass. The wine unfolds on your palate with mouth filling dark fruits and minerality, and the finish goes on and on. Those with the patience to cellar this wine will be rewarded; we recommend decanting the wine in its youth.


External Review
03/23/2009

14% Merlot; 4% Syrah; 2% Petit Verdot; 1% Cabernet Franc. There is a subtle but uneasy conflict between ripeness and real fruit at work in this wine, and its themes of cherries and plums are overlain by an obvious veneer of milk-chocolate. Reasonably rich, slightly rounded in feel and fattened amidships by glycerin, it is roughed up by a rush of eleventh-hour tannin and will be helped by a few years of age.


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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Merryvale Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Napa Valley and all other wine from Merryvale Vineyards are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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Wine Enthusiast Review Rated 91 Most of Merryvale's best Cabs have reserve or vineyard designations, but this basic Napa Valley bottling is very fine. It shows the tasteful elegance and balance that define the estate. Dry and tannic, the 100% varietal wine has deep blackberry, currant and new oak flavors. It should develop well over a decade. Wine Tasting Notes Our Napa Cabernet is a perfect synthesis of balance and intensity. Aromas of ripe blackberry, creme de cassis, violets and star anise leap out of the glass. The wine unfolds on your palate with mouth filling dark fruits and minerality, and the finish goes on and on. Those with the patience to cellar this wine will be rewarded; we recommend decanting the wine in its youth.

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