2005 Buccella - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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2005 Buccella - Cabernet Sauvignon
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($135) Saturated deep ruby. Deep, enticing aromas of black fruits, bitter chocolate and black cardamom. Lush and creamy-sweet, but with ripe, integrated acidity giving shape to the highly concentrated flavors of blueberry, blackberry and dark chocolate. This outsized, dramatic cabernet is fat with fruit, but its seamless, velvety texture and sappy quality make it extremely easy to drink. Finishes lush and strong, with sweet tannins and palate-coating fruit.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 95

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon struts its stuff in an elegant but powerful style, with notes of black fruits, burning embers, roasted meats, and a hint of subtle bay leaf. The wine has terrific fruit concentration, full-bodied power, substantial but ripe tannins, and a long, long finish. This wine should drink nicely for at least two decades.

Drink Dates: 2008-2028
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | 93

Bold, ripe and expressive, with juicy plum, black cherry, wild berry and spicy, cedary hazelnut notes that are both intense and elegant, rich and refined, ending with a long, smooth, lingering finish.

Drink Dates: 2009-2014
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Vinfolio | 94

Now in its fourth vintage, Buccella has become renowned for Mark Herold's deeply extracted style, which in 2005 shows no sign of letting up in the intensity department. A mantle of saturated, dense velvet-like purple-black in the glass, the nose gives up blue plum, boysenberry and almost gooey Moroccan dates. A somewhat firm palate on entry morphs into a hedonistic ripe profile of polished black fruits, cocoa and espresso with toasted nut on the finish. Plenty of voluptuous new oak should meld nicely over the next 24 months.

Drink Dates: 2008-2013
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 199

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Score: 93
Author: Naperwino
Trust Rating: 82
Tasted On: 07/12/2013
Very big fruit. Decanted for 3 hours and still had a wonderful ripe nose. Well balanced will drink we'll for many more years!
Score: 94
Author: David 429
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/13/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2025
INCREDIBLE INKY BLACK WINE, BEAUTIFUL NOSE OF HUGE BERRIES, SADDLE LEATHER AND CASSIS, FANTASTIC WELL INTEGRATED SOFT TANNINS WIT HA LONG AND FLOURISHING FINISH LASTING 60 SECONDS OR LONGER.
Score: 97
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/30/2011
Site Blog: mac_h excellent big cal cab drinking exceptionally well right now. some aging to go as well
Score: 100
Author: Charles S310
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 02/09/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
One of the best cabs I have ever had. Deep, dark red color with smooth taste from start to finish.

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Score: 94
Author: dougwilder
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/27/2009
Site Blog: dougwilder - the purely domestic wine blog Aromas: Essences of ripe blue fruits, warm blackberry tart, and sweet palm fruit from Morocco Palate: Massively formed, polished black berry, currant, chocolate and coffee bean Impression: Another success story from this team, needs a couple years to fully integrate the oak
More Vintages and Sizes of Buccella - Cabernet Sauvignon:

2007 (750ml)

About This Producer


Owners Bill and Alicia Deem started their iconic brand in the 2002 to produce exceptional Cabernet and Merlot. True to its name - Buccella means "mouthful" - these wines are rich, concentrated expressions of Napa fruit. Celia Welch consults with Rebekah Wineburg on the winemaking.

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