2005 Grgich Hills "Yountville Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1055365 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Ratchet up the level of complexity, concentration, purity, richness, etc., and readers have the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Selection. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (aged 27 months in new French oak) might well be one of the greatest, if not the finest Cabernet Sauvignon I have ever tasted from Grgich Hills Estate. I envy any of those who were able to buy it. This is just incredible wine from an organically run vineyard in Yountville. The quality of the fruit that has come through in the finished wine is remarkable. Dense purple to the rim, with stunning crème de cassis, blackberries, spring flowers and no real oak in evidence, this wine is lavishly rich, extravagant and compelling. Kudos to the Grgich team. This should drink well for another 20-25 years and be one of the modern-day Napa classics. (RP)  (6/2015)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 More of a brooding young wine than one of panache and out-going sweetness, this carefully constructed and incisively varietal offering is very much a wine for the future. It presently teases with touches of rich oak, roasted herbs and a good bit of clean, curranty fruit, but its very firm tannins serve as real restraints. It is, however, very well-balanced, and it avoids the overly tough edges that might call its future into question. Set it aside for at least half a dozen years.  (12/2009)

90 points Vinous

 Bright medium ruby. Enticing aromas of blackberry, licorice pastille, leather and graphite display a slight candied-fruit character. Sweet, plush and fine-grained, conveying captivating floral lift to its flavors of dark berries, mocha and leather. Creamy, deep, firm wine with serious concentration. And showing much better than the 2004 did with virtually none of the earlier vintage's greenness. Broad tannins saturate the palate. Lovely 2016 but has the stuffing and firm tannins to last. (ST)  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

This vintage marks the first year this prestigious Yountville Section was certified Biodynamic. Grgich is certainly fortunate to be the custodians of some of oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Napa Valley: a block in Yountville of the Inglenook clone, planted on St. George rootstock in 1959. Full-bodied with firm tannins, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers rich aromas of blackberry, black licorice and allspice. Serve with roasted meat dishes or all by itself to fully enjoy the wine's flavors and complexity.


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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.