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Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

2005 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this elegantly balanced wine combines generous fruit-forward structure with age-worthy tannins and a long, satisfying finish. From its layered aromatics to its lush palate of flavors, this wine brings together an array of red and black fruit elements, including red currant, baked plum, blackberry and sweet black cherry. Adding further depth to this core of ripe fruit are notes of vanilla, molasses, allspice, fresh herbs and black olive. This is a California wine

Decoy:
Because of Duckhorn Wine Company’s unique structure, Decoy benefits from the talent, experience and expertise of all of our winemakers, each of whom has a unique area of specialization. Bill Nancarrow, our executive winemaker – Napa Valley, oversees the crafting of Decoy’s Bordeaux varietal wines. Paraduxx Winemaker David Marchesi oversees Decoy Zinfandel. Migration Winemak... Read more
Because of Duckhorn Wine Company’s unique structure, Decoy benefits from the talent, experience and expertise of all of our winemakers, each of whom has a unique area of specialization. Bill Nancarrow, our executive winemaker – Napa Valley, oversees the crafting of Decoy’s Bordeaux varietal wines. Paraduxx Winemaker David Marchesi oversees Decoy Zinfandel. Migration Winemaker Neil Bernardi produces the Decoy Chardonnay and collaborates with Goldeneye Winemaker Zach Rasmuson on Decoy’s Pinot Noir. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,555
3.00 5
12/22/2008

A bit tight and matte on the nose with a pipe tobacco tone to the wood spice, jammy cassis, smoky mineral, buttered toast and braised herbal notes emerge. With air this goes through a rough period showing a chemical edge and a bit too much SO2. This is fairly big and chewy with a lot of depth to the rich crème de cassis, wood spice, roast meat, and candied red cherry fruits. A bit minty with a background eucalyptus note that helps keep things fresher. Turns a bit more stiff and aggressive on the back-end, which is drying but very long with that menthol/spearmint tone hovering over the slightly flat, candied blackberry fruit. This ends up being just too extracted and flat with clumsy tannins compressing the very drying finish. 2011-2020 87pts


Member Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: akops41
30190458
5.00 5
12/20/2007

plumy but very balanced with acid and tannin. well structured. could age a bit, but is very enjoyable and flavorful now.


Snooth User: run34515
3044695
4.00 5
09/04/2007

Nose: lots of fruit. hints of marshmallows and chocolate, sort of like 'smores. Flavor Profile: Good acid and lots of fruit. a little bit of clarified butter. Finishes with skittles, strong tannins, and undertones of leather and cooked meat.


4.00 5
05/22/2008

Complex and varied nose and palate. I taste spice and mellow red fruit, raspberries and cherries. A bright and refreshing wine with presentable oak, medium acidity and body. Smooth tannins.


3.50 5
05/12/2008

Raspberry jam on the nose -- black fruit palate. It's quite tight and could use a few more years to mature fully. Leathery finish.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
2.50 5
01/01/2009

Tasted blinded at Snooth panel tasting and was very disappointed. My notes had notes like: unbalanced, short finish, peppermint tic-tacs, lacking in acid. Was very surprised this came from Duckhorn.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.00 5
05/11/2008

Soft, supple wine with good tannins. Aromas (and taste) of caramel, spice with black fruit and current. Note: I seem to get a lot of caramel / spice from Duckhorn wines.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.50 5
05/11/2008

Got aromas of vanilla, oak, caramel with red fruit (cherry) and plum. Soft tannins and acidity. Usually not a fan of merlot based wines but this is a good wine.


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External Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

11/12/2010

Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Sweet oak abounds in the caramelly, coffee-tinged nose of this outgoing opus as does plenty of concentrated black-cherry fruit, and the wine's very deep, fruit-laden flavors do not disappoint. More about balance and careful crafting than it is about out-and-out strength, the wine is as polished as it is rich and is so very easy to taste even now. That said, this is no simple gulper meant for the near term, and, instead of signaling a short life span, its finesse and fine structure ensure that it will develop for a number of years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


External Review
05/28/2008

Established in 1976 by Dan Duckhorn, the Merlots and Cabernets from this important winery are among the finest and most long-lived of any red wines made in California.A classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the cool weather 2005 is an elegantly balanced wine combines generous fruit-forward structure with age-worthy tannins and a long, satisfying finish.


External Review
05/18/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesA classic Cabernet Sauvignon that is blended with Merlot to add complexity and round out the mid-palate, this is a layered, mouth-filling wine with ripe, integrated tannins and a fine-grained finish. Dark aromas of toffee, hickory, bacon, cedar and smoke are contrasted by vibrant elements of red currant and spearmint. On the palate, black currant and blueberry flavors dominate, underscored by notes of earth and oak.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesA classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this elegantly balanced wine combines generous fruit-forward structure with age-worthy tannins and a long, satisfying finish. From its layered aromatics to its lush palate of flavors, this wine brings together an array of red and black fruit elements, including red currant, baked plum, blackberry and sweet black cherry. Adding further depth to this core of ripe fruit are notes of vanilla, molasses, allspice, fresh herbs and black olive.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur Napa Valley Merlot is blended to offer the complexity and balance of a young wine, while embodying the diversity of the whole Napa Valley appellation. This wine is full-bodied with bright fruit and well-integrated tannins that lead to a lingering finish. The aroma is layered with raspberry and cherry, accented by notes of toasted oak, dried herbs, vanilla, and green olive. The flavors are ripe with blackberry and black cherry followed by spicy notes of clove, mint, and black pepper.


External Review
09/27/2008

This well-structured wine is smooth and full-bodied with a silky texture, balanced acids and ample age-worthy tannins. The aroma exudes bountiful layers of strawberry, raspberry and cherry, accented by black olive, almond, and spice. On the palate, the flavors mirror the lush and layered bouquet with abundant red fruit notes (noticeably strawberry and cherry), complemented by cedar and oak.


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2005 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this elegantly balanced wine combines generous fruit-forward structure with age-worthy tannins and a long, satisfying finish. From its layered aromatics to its lush palate of flavors, this wine brings together an array of red and black fruit elements, including red currant, baked plum, blackberry and sweet black cherry. Adding further depth to this core of ripe fruit are notes of vanilla, molasses, allspice, fresh herbs and black olive. This is a California wine

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