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2005 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon "Monitor Ledge Vineyard"

Duckhorn 2005 Monitor Ledge Cabernet

Winery: Duckhorn Vineyards

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Monitor Ledge Vineyard"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, & 4% Petite Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $95

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 89 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: December 15, 2009

Wine Review: This very dark purple colored cab opens with an attractive red cherry and clove like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, very nicely balanced, and savory, yet shows nice elegance. The flavor profile is a cedar infused black cherry with a hint of spice, cranberry, and red currant. The finish is quite dry and its silky tannins are quite lengthy. Pair this wine with veal marsala. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Known for its red-berry character, this wine's core of Cabernet Sauvignon from Monitor Ledge was blended with Merlot to add texture and velvety roundness, and a small amount of Petit Verdot to enhance color and intensity. One of the most rich and mouth-filling Monitor Ledge Vineyard bottlings we have ever produced, it displays all the hallmarks of this great vineyard. The aroma is dominated by elements of raspberry, red cherry and nutmeg with underlying notes of cinnamon spice, while the palate offers bright acidity, red berry flavors and layers of cassis, creme brulee, vanilla and chocolate.

Organic status: not organic

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