Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
There is no doubt that the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Private Reserve is the top wine in the portfolio. Delicious
notes of smoky oak, creme de cassis, espresso roast, blackberries,
and graphite are followed by a full-bodied, powerful, rich
wine with undeniable elegance and finesse as well as sweet
tannins. It can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.
This cuvee usually includes about 5% Cabernet Franc in the
blend. I doubt this vintage will turn out to be as impressive
as the '04, '02, and '01 Private Reserves.
Drink '12 - '25.
Offers richness, concentration and depth while
remaining elegant and supple, focusing on the ripe, spicy
currant, mineral, herb and sage notes. Ends with a measure
of finesse and polish, with the right mix of tannins.
Drink now through '16.