Napa Valley Cabernet 2005

Kelleher, Oakville, Napa Valley, Brix Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Toasty oak marks the nose along with Cassis. In the mouth this wine is supple and the oaky expression continues with a nice thread of acidity.The wine was aged in French oak for 2 years, 50% of which was new and 50% of which was once-filled barrels. Vinted & bottled in St. Helena 14.8% $82 at the winery, a gift to the class from the SFCWC Kelleher Family Vineyard

Levendi, Napa Valley, Stagecoach Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Give the nose a chance to open up, 10-15 minutes in the glass and the black fruit starts to shine. In the mouth you’ll find tart berry fruit, light body and a very supple texture. The wine was aged in French oak for 20 months and 50% of the oak was new. Winemaker Alison Green Doran. Produced & bottled in Napa 14.5% $70 at the winery, a gift to the class from the SFCWC Levendi Estates

Sequoia Grove, Rutherford, Napa Valley, Rutherford Bench Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 There is a purity of fruit in the nose, cherry tobacco and a touch of green herbs, reminiscent of Bordeaux leafiness. In the mouth this wine combines structure and fruit, balancing the New and Old Worlds, with great length – very nice.

Rounding out the final blend there is 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. The wine aged for 21 months in French oak, 60% of which was new. P&B in Rutherford 14.4% $70 at the winery, a gift to the class from the SFCWC Sequoia Grove

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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