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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 95134)
collectible wine

Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The intense, dark ruby color of the 2005 Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon leads your senses to the opulent aromas and flavors. Deep black-cherry, blackberry and plum character is richly layered with nuances of black licorice, dark chocolate, clove spice and cedar forest.

The complex, expansive flavors are framed by cocoa powder tannins (classic Rutherford Dust) that give a plush, yet muscular, structure. The smooth, graceful finish lingers with hints of toffee and espresso.

Enjoy this elegant wine with filet mignon, roast leg of lamb and other richly flavored entrées.

My Notes:

About Hewitt Vineyard:

The historic Hewitt Vineyard resides on the famed Rutherford Bench, a narrow ribbon of gravel-rich alluvial soils on the western side of the Napa Valley that has - since the late 1800s - produced California's best Cabernet Sauvignon.

William Hewitt purchased this property in 1962 and received guidance in planting the vineyard from legendary Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) winemaker André Tchelistcheff. BV purchased Cabernet Sauvignon from Hewitt Vineyard and included it in its top wines for many years. When Hewitt Vineyard was offered for sale in 2000, Chalone Wine Group President Tom Selfridge, who began his career at Beaulieu and knew first-hand the vineyard's extraordinary quality, jumped at the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add this treasure to the company's portfolio.

Today, Hewitt Vineyard produces only estate Cabernet Sauvignon from its extraordinary property. Through this exclusive focus, Hewitt is a leader in Rutherford's winemaking renaissance.