Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005
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
Editorial Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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
plumy but very balanced with acid and tannin. well structured. could age a bit, but is very enjoyable and flavorful now.
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.
Raspberry jam on the nose -- black fruit palate. It's quite tight and could use a few more years to mature fully. Leathery finish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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.
The dark ruby-colored 2005 Merlot exhibits smoky aromas of sweet cherries, medium body, straightforward flavors, and a short finish. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
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.
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.
11% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Petit Verdot; 7% Cab. Franc. Of the three Duckhorn Merlots tasted this month, this one stands just a slight bit apart from the others by dint of the suggestions of mint, heather and dried herbs that bring a different twist of complexity to its aromas. It is, however, very much in step with its kin when it comes its ripeness and very rich, cherry-like fruit, and, but for an undisguised flare of finishing heat, it would join its siblings with a two-star award.
Backordered. Due in March 19th. Reserve Yours Today! Probably the most famous and celebrated Merlot that Napa Valley produces, Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard is a true testament to the quality and character that Merlot can achieves in this ideal microclimate. A blend of 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot that is aged 20 months in all new French oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine rated this 2005 94 points and said “Duckhorn’s Three Palms bottling is one of the oldest and most consistent Merlot vineyard designations in California and this is a classic example. The wine always is very tannic. But the ’05 is dry and rich and complex in mineral-laden cherries and currants, with just the right application of new oak. You can decant it now for several hours and enjoy with a dramatically charred steak, but it will develop beautifully through 2011, at least.” Limited. This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.