Havens Merlot 2005

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

$40.00 $11.99
Save $28.01
Item No. 96616
  • red wine
  • RP90
  • ST89
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2003
  • ST88
  • 2002
  • RP90
  • 2001
  • ST91

Winemaker's Notes

Our 2005 Napa Valley Merlot is now showing the potential of this vintage: bright fruit, layers of complexity, charming texture. It is a wine of texture, engaging the sense of depth on the palate. In the choice between immediacy and complexity, this wine leans ever so slightly to complexity, a tendency we are happy with. But you will enjoy it from the first taste, since 2005 gives us plenty of ripe fruit character to enjoy, even as it teases us with interesting notes we can't quite name.

Critical Acclaim

"The outstanding 2005 Merlot Carneros possesses a deep ruby/purple color, a big, sweet nose of fudge, espresso roast, sweet oak, and plenty of black cherry and currant fruit. Drink this opulent, fleshy, hedonistic Merlot over the next 7-10 years. "
90 Points

"Good ruby-red. Reticent aromas of black cherry, redcurrant, licorice and tobacco leaf. Juicy, leanish and moderately concentrated, with a redcurrant flavor complicated by a floral element."
89 Points

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Learn About Havens Map ItMap It

Founded in 1984 by winemaker Michael Havens, Havens Wine Cellars have earned distinction for its Merlot, Syrah and their Bordeaux-style red blend called Bouriquot. Havens Wine Cellars is located just south of Yountville and a short quieting drive off Highway 29, Napa Valley"s main winery tour route. The pastoral 10-acre site located on the Mayacamas benchland includes a 7½ acre...

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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 Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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