2003 Buccella - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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IWC 92   WA 95   WS 92   VF 95   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($80; 15.4% alcohol) Saturated ruby. Very primary aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and minerals. Sweet, fat and layered; conveys a very soft, rich palate impression reminiscent of high-grade merlot. Very round wine with exotic brown spice and chocolate flavors. Finishes broad and quite lush, with very fine tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

This is one of the most exciting projects of winemaking consultant Mark Herold. Unfortunately, only 325 cases of the 2003 were produced, and there will probably be even less of the 2004. The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was superb from cask, is even more spectacular from bottle. Its dense, opaque black/purple color is accompanied by scents of graphite interwoven with creme de cassis, charcoal, espresso roast, and spice box. This layered, full-bodied, elegant effort possesses wonderful purity as well as definition. Bottled unfined and unfiltered after 20 months in 100% new French oak, it should drink beautifully for 15 plus years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Impressive. Supple and harmonious, with rich, polished currant, herb, mocha and wild berry flavors that are intense and concentrated, offering power with finesse. Shows a dash of heat on the finish, but fans of full-throttle Cabernet won't be disappointed. 325 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2013
Author: James Laube


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Vinfolio | Rating: 95

In the glass, the wine is intense, brooding, and ruby-black in color. The nose is crammed with dark cherry, smoky blue fruits, marzipan, and a little sea salt. Three hours in the decanter and glass barely show this wine's potential. It is bold and intense on the palate with flavors of plum, macerated black cherry, sweet nectarine, and cassis, with blackberry jam on the finish. This wine is well poised for beautiful drinking but will require patience. The concentration is there; the wine is massive.

Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 42

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: RDL
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/22/2014
Drinking really well right now. To be able to pnp a 2003 in 2014 shows the structure of this beauty. fruit bomb with vanilla flavors. Smooth silky tannins. Highly recommended.

Rating: 95
Author: Oenodoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/25/2011
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Rating: 94
Author: Edward T707
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/20/2008

Rating: 95
Author: David 429
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/07/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Deep deep dark ruby red, nose of big berries, red, black and blue. Amazing well integrated tannins with a long, long finish. 95+ pts. An absolutely great wine. Yankees win 5-4 over sox.

Average rating: 94, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

803 bottles owned by 210 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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