2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

People are talking about Merryvale wines! Here are a few of our most recent awards and accolades for this 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley.

June 01, 2009
Quarterly Review of Wines
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"Merryvale's Wines"

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Peppermint and iodine that reminds one of Phelps' Insignia. Angular and intriguing, with sharply defined blackberry and iodine fruit. A New York steak would serve nicely.

- Richard Paul Hinkle

April 19, 2009
calgarysun.com
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"Family Winery a Sweet Treat"

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

"For a wine lover, having dinner at Groth Vineyards and Winery is just about as good as it gets.

"Add a few Napa pals such as Merryvale, Signorello and Diamond Creek and a great night turns into a magical evening of scrumptious food paired with exquisite wines.

"The 2005 Merryvale (Cabernet) is a treat because the fruit that's usually destined for the top wine -- Profile -- from this estate went into the regular bottling. No Profile was made in 2005. This is a cab that is less overt than the others with a minty-sage-herb note followed by blackberry fruit and vanilla toast. It's lean on the palate with elegant fruits and minty herbs. Maybe the best match with the beef."

- Rick Vansickle

January 09, 2009
2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal
     

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

This competition is the largest competition of domestic wines in the U.S. with 4,763 entries. The complete competition results can be found by clicking here.

- Tasting Panel

January 01, 2009
TASTED and WWW.TASTEDONLINE.COM
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"Napa Valley: Cabernet, Merlot, and Blends"

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

The nose shows a lot of dark fruit, cherry, blackcurrant, dark chocolate, the palate is full-bodied and offers a great deal of fruit, ripe tannins and an opulent structure, yet with a fine balance and a long persistence, enjoyable now and a great future potential.

- Andreas Larsson

June 01, 2008
91 Points
     

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Most of Merryvale’s best Cabs have reserve or vineyard designations, but this basic Napa Valley bottling is very fine. It shows the tasteful elegance and balance that define the estate. Dry and tannic, the 100% varietal wine has deep blackberry, currant and new oak flavors. It should develop well over a decade.

- Steve Heimoff

June 01, 2008
The Wine News
90 Points
     

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

- Tasting Panel

May 23, 2008
JancisRobinson.com
17 Points
     

"Napa Valley's Glory - Cabernet Sauvignon"

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Impressive balance, with rich (but not over-ripe) black cherry and currant fruit, polished tannins and refreshing acidity. Hints of cedar and leafy herbs. (on a 20-point scale; rated 91 Points on a 100-point scale by this writer)

- Linda Murphy

May 19, 2008
WineReviewOnline.com
90 Points
     

"Today's Featured Wine..."

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Today’s featured wine... This blend of Cabernet from Carneros, Yountville, and St. Helena spends 18 months in French oak barrels, one-third of which are new, which helps explain why the creamy, seductive oak flavors are quite prominent at this stage. Plenty of dark cassis-like fruit is present and will undoubtedly become better integrated with the oak over the next year or two. The tannins are supple and not intrusive. With time in the glass, smoky nuances, other black fruit flavors and gaminess emerge, suggesting this wine will be more enjoyable after a few years of bottle aging.

- Michael Apstein

May 06, 2008
BiggerThanYourHead.net
     

"Excellent"

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Merryvale Vineyards no longer offers a “reserve” designation, under which this wine would previously have fallen. The level is now the “Signature Tier,” though that term does not occur on the label. In any case, the Signature Tier wines find a niche between the less expensive “Starmont” line and the top-of-the-line Profile and Silhouette.

The Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 is composed largely of grapes that would have gone into the Profile, had Profile been made in 2005. Produced from 100 percent cabernet sauvignon grapes and aged 18 months in French oak, 32% new barrels, this feels like classic Napa Valley cabernet. It’s deep, rich and lush, dark as the night that covers us from pole to pole, a serious, intense and concentrated wine. The bouquet is woven from walnut shell and wheatmeal, mocha, cedar and tobacco and — give it a few minutes — aromas of tightly wound black currant and black cherry. The wine is huge in the mouth, notably tannic , earthy and minerally, bursting with spice, and yet for its size, it delivers a remarkable degree of finesee; it’s almost light on its feet. Of this group of wines, it’s the one that cried “Rib-eye steak, please, hot and crusty from the grill!” Drink 2010 through 2015 or ‘16.

- Fredric Koeppel

April 29, 2008
winereviewonline.com
91 Points
     

"A few affordable (for Napa Valley, that is) gems from the 2005 vintage..."

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

This St. Helena-based winery's flagship wine, a red Bordeaux blend called 'Profile' ($125), was not produced in 2005, so top-notch grapes that usually go into Profile instead went into Merryvale's 'regular' Cabernet. It's 100% Cab and is impressively balanced, with rich (but not over-ripe) black cherry fruit, polished tannins and refreshing acidity. It's young and age-worthy, yet drinking beautifully now.

- Linda Murphy

April 02, 2008
Patterson's Tasting Panel Magazine
92 Points
     

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

The core Merryvale wines are expertly-crafted Napa Valley varietals, made with obvious care and attention in both the vineyard and the winery.

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley: Velvety and lush with ripe plum, berry fruit and subtle oak and spice; lovely length, balance and style.

- Anthony Dias Blue

March 15, 2008
Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL
     

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

- Tasting Panel

January 17, 2008
Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
Exceptional
     

"Tasting Notes"

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

A black currant and blackberry aroma opens with air to show added depth from oak. Great balance; should age nicely for a few years. Supple enough to consume now with beef.

- Dan Berger