2005 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
*Cellar Selection* Mount Eden makes their estate Cab the old-fashioned way: to age. The '05 is quite tannic and shut down right now, with a hard astringency, especially on the finish. However, it's rich in black currants, mocha and cedar, and is a natural for many years in the cellar. The score could rise considerably after 2011.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, saturated ruby-red. Aromas of dark cherry, dark berries, tobacco, brown spices and woodsmoke, lifted by a whiff of mint. Juicy, sappy and nicely concentrated, with good density to the slightly exotic flavors of currant, tobacco and smoke. A solidly structured cabernet that finishes with firm tannic spine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, the dense ruby-hued 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate boasts a sweet nose of incense, toast, charcoal, and red as well as black fruits. Elegant with a first class Bordeaux-like structure, moderate tannin, and outstanding purity and length, it will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 15-20. Atypically restrained and subtle for a California Cabernet, this cuvee comes from a mountain vineyard, and it possesses a totally different texture than one normally finds in Napa Cabernets.
Super low yields in 2005, coupled with a longer-than-usual hang time, give this wine its signature concentration. And the mountain vineyards add pencil lead and mineral notes that accompany the currant and berry fruit on the nose and palate. This is a big wine, with firm tannins, but the bright acidity keeps everything in balance. Decant this if you want to drink it now or enjoy for the next 10-15 years or more.