Tag Archive: 2005

2005 Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

Good producer, from a great vintage. Black ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, with lots of meat, leather, plum, currant, some oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, with good balance, layered fruit, an interesting dark intrigue factor, and descent length to the finish. This wine made we wonder if there were more layers it would reveal with time.

2005 Di Mayo Norante Ramitello

I picked up a case of this on close out, and am hoping for a diamond in the rough, 85% Prugnolo and 15% Aglianico. Dark ruby color. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, black olive, blackberry, cherry, leather, chalky, soil, sour plum, licorice, subtle oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, nicely balanced foxy red fruit and spice driven red, with lots of leather and mineral on the finish. Should I keep this all, or send out the email?

Borgo Scopeto Borgonero IGT

Purple ruby color. Produced using 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah grapes. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plums and cherries, black tea, anise, leather, dried herbs, framed by chalky soil component, and wrapped in a new world style french oak package. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, nice structure and balance, nicely layered, with a solid finish. The fruit on this wine is just ripe enough to wear the oak layers. Great $20 wine that will continue to evolve from a while.

2005 Chateau du Seuit Graves

Wine I’d never heard of before from a very reputable importer. Ruby orange color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, black currant, black cherry, nice earth and basement character, cedar, spice box, leather glove, with oak and earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, real nice balance, and a layered finish. I’d like to try more of this wine!

2005 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvingnon

I’ve got to say that there was a time in the past when Mondavi wines were over-rated, green, and inflated in price. Now the price has dropped, the quality risen, and the wines are drinking really nicely. Dark ruby in color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black cherry, cassis, black raspberry, with wet earth, tobacco, menthol, cigar box, no earth, and well balanced oak. On the palate, dry, explosive, medium+ intensity, silky tannins, good acidity, layered spices and dark berries, with nice balance and finish. Classic Napa sexy fruit seductress wrapped in a luxurious oak gown.

2005 Whitman Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla

Surprise wine at this tasting last week. Dark purple to black color. On the nose, youthful but developing, medium+ intensity, blackberry, black currant, plum, leather glove, cedar, bark, violets, some oak, with no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, dark and brooding, medium+ tannins, medium intensity, fig and plum emerged, along with cigar box, balanced very dark flavored wine, with a good finish on it. A little spendy for me, but I feel this would compete well in it’s price point on a restaurant menu.

2005 Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay Russian River Valley

I forgot how killer this winery was, and how well their whites aged. Golden color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, apple, pear, soil, mineral, earth, butterscotch, caramel, with heavy layers of oak, and some earth too. On the palate, dry, serious weight, very layered, medium acidity, honey, flint, flowers, apples, toffee, awesome body, awesome depth, with a solid finish.

2005 Five Star Cellars Stellar Walla Walla

Purple garnet color. On the nose, youthful but moving toward development, medium+ intensity, layered in a pretty massive amount of luxurious oak, with equally massive black cherry, black plum, violet, leather, spice box, with no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, very balanced, at first I thought this wine was very oaky, then so many layers emerged, with silky tannins, and perfect acidity, with a pretty finish. This bottle was sent back by some schmohawk that said it was not big enough. We enjoyed it plenty, thank you!