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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Terra Valentine Wurtele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Terra Valentine Wurtele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 96299)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $52.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose opens with wild blueberries, tobacco, sweet cedar and notes of roasted espresso. Candied fruits and black licorice continue on the palate with supple tannins and a long, rich finish.

94 Points

"The 2005 Wurtele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is made from two distinct and designated blocks (I & J) on the top of the Wurtele Vineyard. The grapes were harvested in early to mid-October. The clusters were hand sorted followed by additional sorting of the must. Fermentation and extended maceration occurred over a 22-day period. Free run was kept separate from press juice and put into French oak barrels, 45% new and 55% once used. The wine was aged for 22 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

94"A gorgeous Cab, rich and complex, that perfectly shows the deep, strong tannins and impeccable structure of Spring Mountain, and Mayacamas Cabs in general. Perfectly ripe in black currants and tobacco, with exotic cedar and mineral overtones, it's beautiful now despite the tannins, but has the balanced stuffing to age effortlessly for a decade."
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About Terra Valentine:

Terra Valentine takes winemaking to a new level-about 2,100 feet above the Napa Valley. It is a winery that brings together a state-of-the-art fermentation system with the uncovered beauty of an artisan-constructed building-a colorful and well-hidden treasure of Spring Mountain history.