Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 99947
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE93
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

The elevation of Mt. Veeder gave Brandlin a distinct advantage in 2005, as steep slopes shed both excess rain and cold air, allowing the fruit to ripen in warmer, drier conditions than experienced on the Valley floor. Exposure to western breezes also aided in keeping our fruit drier and allowing the skins (which are the source of so much color, flavor and tannin) to thicken and intensify as the season wore on.

Deep ruby red

Cocoa, cassis, plum, boysenberry and hints of anise dominate the nose.

On first tasting, the wine is laden with concentrated mountain fruit, followed by a bright beam of black cherry and black currants. A tinge of coffee and olive underlie the fruit, with a round finish and chewy tannins.

Critical Acclaim

"This is an excellent young Cabernet Sauvignon that will take some bottle age. Coming on the heels of the high-scoring 2004, it's full-bodied and extraordinarily rich, with intense blackberry, black currant, chocolate, coffee and cedar flavors, wrapped into near-perfect tannins. Shows great grapes and a deft winemaking hand. "
93 Points

Learn About Brandlin

Rugged… Isolated… First settled by the Brandlin family, historic Brandlin ranch is a 170-acre pearl on Mount Veeder, overlooking the Napa Valley.

As early as the 1870s, the Brandlins settled on these steep, rocky slopes, becoming grape growing pioneers in Napa’s Mount Veeder region.

Chester Brandlin with over 50 years of experience, they staked their claim to the Brandlin Ranch and planted their own vineyards in 1926.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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