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2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc (600 cases), reveals loads of licorice, graphite, and blackcurrants in a sexy, toasty style with hints of earth, loamy soil notes and a floral underpinning. The wine is fragant, with great intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and almost a Mouton-Rothschild-like creme de cassis element. This wine is drinking well now, but will continue to evolve for another two decades." 98+ points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June, 2015 

Production Notes

Appellation: Yountville (Napa Valley), CA
Barrel Age: 20 months new French oak
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 % Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.3 %
pH: 3.60
Release Date: Fall 2007
Production (750ml): 450 Cases
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon


Wine Advocate # 180

A 450-case blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane Vineyard has more in common with a first-growth Pauillac than many people might be willing to admit. Aged 20 months in primarily new French oak, its inky/blue/purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of graphite, cedar wood, creme de cassis, spice box, and incense. The wine is full-bodied with great purity, richness, sweet tannin, concentration, texture, and length. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink it over the next three decades.