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2005 Havens Wine Cellars Merlot


  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 89

  • Cutthroat Trout Likes this wine: 90 points

    March 16, 2021 - Put a case of this wine in my cellar just after the Havens bankruptcy. Forgot what I paid but it was a bargain.

    Opened several bottles from this vintage over the years; each time felt it was too young and would benefit from a few more years in the cellar.
    It has been 4 or 5 years since I last opened a bottle.

    When I first stuck my nose in the glass I smelled green bell pepper (methylpyrizine). This is not uncommon in vineyards planted in cooler regions but I am sensitive to this and don't like it. The good news is it mostly evolved off after about an hour and dark fruit aromas emerged.

    Big fruit flavors, blackberry and plums, and a bit of dark chocolate dusty tannins in the length.

    Overall a much improved wine compared to the bottles I opened previously.
    Some those ended up in the sauce for dinner.

  • John McCabe wrote: 90 points

    March 23, 2016 - My last of these. This was better than I remember. Has a salty tone with an ease and grace that comes with its age now. Pretty useful.

  • gcarl wrote: 90 points

    November 2, 2015 - Found another bottle in my cellar and opened it to compare it to the one I opened just 2 days ago. Nose was the same, but it was immediately smooth on my palate, with a medium length finish of 15-20 seconds. There was no harsh, drying tannin as in the earlier bottle (which improved to a 90 after a day under Argon gas. If this was mistakenly included in a shipment of the 2006, which I received 5+ years ago, it was a great QPR for $6.99+ shipping from K&L.

  • gcarl wrote: 88 points

    October 31, 2015 - Nice nose of cigar box/pencil shavings upon P&P and swirling in glass, then rather strong tannin on my palate,which is not what I would expect from a 10 year old Merlot (which I happened to find in my cellar, with no record of where I bought it). Not nearly as enjoyable as the '06 Havens Merlots I have had and still have. Perhaps on day 2 it will be better.

  • Usakhegray wrote: 90 points

    March 15, 2013 - This was awful, terribly disjointed with a green, sort of sassafras nose dominating when first opened. The second night it had completely changed. A nose of savory plum, currant, mellow clove and anise. A silken leather and tobacco character, harmonious. Nice finish of perhaps 20 seconds....

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Havens Wine Cellars
  • Varietal Merlot
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Code 089046000007

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 261 (27%)
  • Consumed 699 (73%)

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