2005 Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon

While our Reserve Cabernet is masculine, potent and extracted, this wine displays the more feminine side of Cabernet. Grapes from clone 337 vines, known for their elegance and syrupy mouthfeel, display black notes of ripe cherry, chocolate, and a hint of black currant. Dense and luscious in the mouth, this wine coats the tongue with a rich viscosity and a finish that is weighty without being aggressive.

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Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2005
Harvest: October 2005
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 15.2%
Bottling: July 2007
Production: 396 cases
Release Date: November 2007
Release Price: $85.00


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  • Connoisseurs' Guide: December 2007 - Rating: 89

    Yet another big and brawny young Cabernet that shows far more swagger than it does finesse, this very ripe and abundantly tannic effort falls all over itself just now, but it is so rich and so deep in extracted fruit that we cannot but be duly impressed. Its bluster is sure to draw frowns from anti-ripeness crusaders, but patient fans of heady red wines will find lots to like a half dozen years hence.

  • The Wine Advocate: December 28, 2007 Issue 174 - Rating: 94

    The brilliant 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Select boasts copious aromas of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, and cassis. Full-bodied and powerful, this dense ruby/purple tinged offering is a tour de force in Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses enough sweet tannin to provide early accessibility, but it should age beautifully for 10-15+ years.

  • Wine Enthusiast: February 2008 - Rating: 90

    Big, powerful and high in alcohol. The grapes evidently got super-ripe, giving the wine massive blackberry and chocolate-covered raisin flavors that have been liberally enhanced with smoky new oak. Tannins are pretty tight, coming from Pride’s 2100 foot elevation spanning the Napa-Sonoma border. A little awkward now. Give it a few years.

  • Wine Spectator: January/February 2008 - Rating: 90

    Smooth, rich and creamy, with firm yet elegant dried currant and blackberry flavors that are focused and lively, gaining complexity and depth on the long finish. Drink now through 2012. 400 cases made.

  • California Grapevine: February/March 2008 - Rating: 90

    Medium to medium-dark ruby color; attractive, initially subdued, very ripe, cedary, tarrish, slightly jammy, dark currant and black cherry fruit aroma with good depth and intensity; full body; rich, textured, layered, cedary, highly extracted, very ripe black cherry fruit flavors with notes of coffee and tobacco and some alcoholic heat on the finish; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Appealing to taste now as it developed with airing in the glass. Shows a lot of toasty oak and very rich fruit. Very highly recommended.

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2008 Issue 138 - Rating: 92

    Good saturated ruby-red color. Black raspberry, mocha and espresso aromas. Sweet and lively on the palate, with the vintage's bright acidity framing and intensifying the flavors of black fruits, licorice and minerals. This medium-bodied, brooding wine will need time in bottle to harmonize and expand. Finishes with serious toothcoating tannins and excellent length. One to follow.