2005 Wolf Family "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The three red wines include the impressive 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (539 cases of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon). Offering classic creme de cassis, licorice, scorched earth, and new oak characteristics, this nicely structured, medium to full-bodied red is built for 15-20 years of evolution. Karen Culler produces these limited production cuvees that are well-worth a search of the marketplace.
A lovely Cab, polished and refined, and a huge improvement over the winery’s 2004 bottling. Shows classic Napa Valley softness and roundness, a wine that seduces the palate. There are complex flavors of black currants, sweet sage and cedar, wrapped into silky, ripe tannins. Delicious now, and should develop for a decade or more.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full, bright ruby-red. Expressive aromas of dark berries, mocha, truffle, licorice, smoke and tobacco. Sweet, lush and creamy but not at all sloppy, with a truffley note complicating the berry and tobacco flavors. Broad, ripe tannins won't get in the way of drinking this rather forward wine now, but it's balanced to age.