Whitehall Lane is a small, family owned winery in Napa Valley's historic Rutherford appellation and continues to receive accolades and awards for producing some of the greatest wines in the world. In Wine Spectator Magazine's year-end ranking of wines, Whitehall Lane has been honored an unprecedented three times in five years for producing wines rated among the top five in the world. The winery has also been voted Winery of the Year from the Quarterly Review of Wines and Wine and Spirits Magazine.
This 2005 Reserve displays the finesse, smoothness and power that has become the signature for Whitehall Lane Cabernet. It's a wine with aromas and flavors of ripe wild blackberries, cassis and an underlying spiciness from French and American oak. This delicious Reserve offering displays great balance, ripeness and offers lingering flavors that lead to a long, silky smooth finish. Enjoy to 2020.
Winetasting.com Staff Tasting & Review 07/20/2011
Where: Michael Chiarello's Bottega Restaurant in Napa Valley
Whom: The Winetasting.com team with friends and guests from Canton, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois
Review: We tasted this wine alongside seven other premium red wines (pictured above) from California, Italy and France. While they were truly all fabulous, the Whitehall Lane was the clear winner from California. The rich nose of blackberry, cassis and toasty oak transferred beautifully onto the palate which was supported by elegant tannins and a rich mouthfeel. A beautiful wine and an absolute shame that only 6 cases remain!
Wine Enthusiast, 94 Points; Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine, 91 Points, December 2008; The Wine News, 90 Points, October 2008
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Notes on the Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005 : NVWE NOTES: This is a darkly ripe and aromatically complex Cabernet, with rich aromas of Mulberries, chocolate-covered cherries, toffee and vanilla, over plush forest-floor scents and hints of tobacconist-shop spice. It proves every bit as rich on the palate, with elegant, polished flavors, dominated by dark cherry, mocha, Mulberry, baking spices and vanilla. The finish is long and sweet-natured all the way, with wonderfully polished tannins and a sense of juiciness right to the end. Certainly capable of two to three read more...years of cellaring improvement, it is so delicious right now that waiting seems quite unnecessary.WINEMAKER NOTES: Balance and finesse are prominent in this classic Cabernet. From the enticing aromas to the long, smooth finish, this wine is captivating and delicious. It's a blend of lush fruit with aromas of deep blackberry, currant and toasted oak. The wine has rich texture and flavors of cherry, plum and toasty vanilla. With ample fruit, good weight in the mid-palate and velvety tannins, this beautifully balanced wine is ready to enjoy now, but with aging potential to 2014.The Vintage 2005 was an outstanding growing year that began with cool, wet weather, followed by mild summer months. With ample moisture in the soil and warm days, the fruit ripened slowly and evenly. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested from late September through much of October as the flavors in each vineyard block ripened to perfection. The yields in general were a little higher than normal giving the winemaking team lots of great fruit to work with. Winemaking The grapes were grown in vineyards located in St. Helena, Rutherford, Calistoga, Yountville and Oak Knoll. The fruit was fermented at an average of 85-degrees F with gentle pump-overs for excellent flavor and color extraction. The wine was aged in a combination of American and French oak barrels for 19 months and blended to attain balance. Merlot increased texture and softness on the mid-palate and Malbec added complexity and additional layers of ripe fruit flavors to the wine. WHITEHALL LANE RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 2005 (hide)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesSweet and slightly chocolaty in character with a strong streak of vanilla matching its very deep, optimally ripened, black-cherry fruit step for step, this outgoing effort is at once fairly intense and quite easy to access, yet it is built for keeping and holds lots in reserve. It slowly gives ground to youthful, acid-accentuated tannins and winds up a tad on the coarse side, but it looks sure to shine if it is given the four or five years that any good, young Cabernet needs and deserves.