2005 W.H. Smith Cabernet Sauvignon Purple Label

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
Drink between 2009 - 2013 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 19

  • oenophilemoose wrote: 93 points

    January 22, 2014 - Totally agree with King Cab below. This wine was extraordinary from the intense plum nose, slightly jammy and chewy palate of dark mountain fruit to a perfectly balanced and lengthy finish of fine tannins and acidity. Remarkable.

  • Likes this wine: 87 points

    November 26, 2013 - Hints of berries on the front end, with a nice chalky note in there, but it's a bit thin through the middle. Might just be subdued because my tongue is still on fire from the spicy sausage we had for dinner - but I think it's more a case of "fading away." Respectable, but not special. This bottle hasn't turned or oxidized, but I doubt its getting better.

  • wrote: 87 points

    May 25, 2013 - Tasty, but a bit one dimensional. Felt like it was falling apart while I was sipping the first glass at the grill ... but once we pulled the steaks and dug into dinner, it seemed to perk up a bit. I guess in this case, the cellartracker drinking window is probably right and I should have tapped into these a few years back. Drink up while there's still something left.

    UPDATE: well, 2 days later it's no worse for the wear. Hasn't fallen off since we had it with steaks. In fact, it seems to have picked up a very pleasant hint of dark chocolate on the finish. Still seems like the alcohol is just barely integrated. But I'm enjoying it. It's not a stunner, but it's still enjoyable.

  • sirswami wrote: 89 points

    July 14, 2012 - Enjoyable mouthful of big and juicy Howell Mountain fruit, but no "wow" factor. Given a somewhat limited backbone and the amount of sediment currently present, I doubt it improves much from here and suggest drinking up...

  • L'enfant sauvage wrote: 88 points

    March 18, 2012 - Oak on oak. Overripe, over-extracted, and over-oaked. Not so much in absolute terms, but to my taste certainly. I suppose many will enjoy this for what it is, but I can't burn through my remaining California wines fast enough. Makes a Berkeley kid sad, but not sad enough to drink this stuff.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer W.H. Smith
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Purple Label
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 62 (34%)
  • Consumed 119 (66%)

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