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2005 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 102069-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    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
    Author: dougwilder
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Deep purple in color. A little too young right now. It did open up after a while. Still delicious!
    Author: RDL
  • Self | Rating: 97

    excellent big cal cab drinking exceptionally well right now. some aging to go as well
    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2011-2025
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Lots of glcerol, very sweet. Needs lots of time, 10 years maybe. Very luscious fruit.
    Author: stujakub
  • Self | Rating: 100

    One of the best cabs I have ever had. Deep, dark red color with smooth taste from start to finish.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Charles S310
  • Self | Rating:

    Saturday night, I hosted a small blind tasting of some recent 2005 cali cab purchases to determine my future purchasing preferences. The three wines were: Buccella Cabernet, Maybach Materium & Corra Cabernet. Previously I had only tasted the 2004 Corra by itself and absolutely loved the wine. This time I wanted to see if Corra was really that good as well as determine if I will be purchasing the other two wines in the future. Four of us tasted and completed a simple ranking from 1 (best) to 3 (worst). The results were as follows: (5pts) 2005 Corra Cabernet Even blind the Corra performed as I expected, unbelievable. The nose was a beautiful mixture of fresh berries and floral notes. It had layer upon layer of flavors, none overpowering the next. The strength of this wine is the subtle finesse of all the components in complete harmony. Corra will definitely continue to be a part of my cellar. (7pts) 2005 Buccella Cabernet The Buccella was a close second in everyone's opinion. It was masculine in comparison to the feminine style of Corra. This wine was almost chewy in consistency with a rich core of fruit. I enjoyed this wine thoroughly, yet I question the future direction of the wine without Mark Herold at the helm. Anyone know what vintage was his last? (12pts) 2005 Maybach Materium Finally and probably the most disappointing for me was the Maybach. The wine was very tannic and austere. You could tell that it would age for awhile; however, I kept asking myself if I didn't like the base components now would I like them aged? It was a good wine, yet not in the company of the other two. At the $100+ range, I expected more and will spend my money elsewhere the next time. Overall, it was a wonderful night of good wine that helped fine-tune my ever expanding annual cabernet purchase that I keep failing to contain.
    Author: Spif7
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Very big fruit. Decanted for 3 hours and still had a wonderful ripe nose. Well balanced will drink we'll for many more years!
    Author: Naperwino
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1809 bottles owned
  • 287 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 287 collectors)