Grgich Hills Yountville Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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.
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.
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.