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Grgich Hills Yountville Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
  • RP95
  • CG90
  • V90
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Winemaker Notes

This vintage marks the first year our prestigious Yountville Section was certified Biodynamic. We're proud to be the custodians of some of oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Napa Valley: a block in Yountville of the Inglenook clone, planted on St. George rootstock in 1959. Full-bodied with firm tannins, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers rich aromas of blackberry, black licorice and allspice. Serve with roasted meat dishes or all by itself to fully enjoy the wine's flavors and complexity.

Critical Acclaim

RP 95
The Wine Advocate

Ratchet up the level of complexity, concentration, purity, richness, etc., and readers have the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Selection. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (aged 27 months in new French oak) might well be one of the greatest, if not the finest Cabernet Sauvignon I have ever tasted from Grgich Hills Estate. I envy any of those who were able to buy it. This is just incredible wine from an organically run vineyard in Yountville. The quality of the fruit that has come through in the finished wine is remarkable. Dense purple to the rim, with stunning crème de cassis, blackberries, spring flowers and no real oak in evidence, this wine is lavishly rich, extravagant and compelling. Kudos to the Grgich team. This should drink well for another 20-25 years and be one of the modern-day Napa classics.

CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide

More of a brooding young wine than one of panache and out-going sweetness, this carefully constructed and incisively varietal offering is very much a wine for the future. It presently teases with touches of rich oak, roasted herbs and a good bit of clean, curranty fruit, but its very firm tannins serve as real restraints. It is, however, very well-balanced, and it avoids the overly tough edges that might call its future into question. Set it aside for at least half a dozen years.

V 90
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

Bright medium ruby. Enticing aromas of blackberry, licorice pastille, leather and graphite display a slight candied-fruit character. Sweet, plush and fine-grained, conveying captivating floral lift to its flavors of dark berries, mocha and leather. Creamy, deep, firm wine with serious concentration. And showing much better than the 2004 did with virtually none of the earlier vintage's greenness. Broad tannins saturate the palate. Lovely 2016 but has the stuffing and firm tannins to last.

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Mike Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated "Paris Tasting" of 1976 in which a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When the results where in, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen Mike’s 1973 Montelena Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike Grgich a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.

Today, in Grgich Hills' 30th year, they remain committed to creating richly flavored, distinctive wines from certified organic Napa Valley vineyards that are farmed biodynamically. By all accounts they have succeeded. The new release of Cabernet Sauvignon just received a whopping 94 rating from Wine & Spirits and the Wine News awarded "Chardonnay of the Year" honors to their 2004 vintage. These world renowned Estate grown wines from prime Napa Valley vineyards are unique, delicious, and allocated.

LMC103173_2005 Item# 103173

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