Napa Valley Cabernet 2005

In this flight we are tasting wines from the 2005 vintage. Each is labeled Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley.

Mount Veeder Winery, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 There’s a good bit of capsicum in the nose with a note of caramel and a very chewy experience in the mouth. The grapes behind this wine include 15% Merlot. The wine was aged in oak for 24 months, 91% of the oak was French and 84% was new. Vinted and bottled in Oakville 14.5% $45.99 at Mount Veeder Winery

Louis M. Martini, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 The nose features sweet brown spices while in the mouth the feel is supple and full of cherry fruit. There’s great length in this elegant Cabernet with a linger sense of vanilla – nice. V&B in St. Helena 14.2% $27 at the winery for the current vintage ’06 Louis Martini

Merryvale, Napa Valley, Starmont, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 The red fruit is bright and framed by acidity with the ripe tannins adding a little chewiness. P&B in Napa 14.5% $26.99 at Linwood Wine Co. Merryvale

Charles Creek, Napa Valley, La Sonrisa del Tecolote, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 There’s a hefty amount of toasty oak on this wine with herbaceousness and meatiness in the background and firm structure. V&B in Graton 14.7% $29.99 at the winery Charles Creek

All of the wines in this flight were provided to the class by the SFCWC.

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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