2005 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Hall combines fruit from a variety of Napa Valley estate vineyards to create their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2005 vintage of this wine really showcases the vintage, which was very long, exemplified by the broad tannins and forward fruit from start to finish. Cassis, blackberry, leather and spice intertwine with ripe cherry and vanilla notes that are powerful straight through. This is a big wine that needs some decanting now and one that will mature nicely in your cellar over the next decade.

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By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2010 | Send Email
A truely well made Napa Cabernet full of structure and opulence. I drank this over dinner and did not decant it but wish I would have because by the time I was on my last glass it was a completley different wine that opened up beautifully. It showed layers of spice, red and black fruit, spicy oak and even a touch of annice and tobacco.I recommend decanting for 30 to 60 minutes. And boy will it pay off.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2009 | Send Email
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An up-and-coming winery, Hall vineyards is quickly gaining a reputation for making excellent Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons. Under the guidance of winemaker Steve Leveque and consulting winemaker David Ramey, Hall winery has made an outstanding 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2005 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark purple hue in the glass with notes of creosote, graphite, dark chocolate and creme de cassis. On the palate, the wine is dark and brooding with rich flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cocoa and mocha that all are balanced nicely against firm tannins and good acidity. The finish is long and lush and this wine was so enjoyable the last time had this at lunch I couldn't resist a second glass. If you're searching for that next great affordable California Cabernet Sauvignon then look no further.
Drink from 2009 to 2019

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5