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2005 Buccella - Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

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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Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2022 VF: 2008-2013
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138
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Source Vinfolio
Issue 199

Now in its fourth vintage, Buccella has become renowned for Mark Herold's deeply extracted style, which in 2005 shows no sign of letting up in the intensity department. A mantle of saturated, dense velvet-like purple-black in the glass, the nose gives up blue plum, boysenberry and almost gooey Moroccan dates. A somewhat firm palate on entry morphs into a hedonistic ripe profile of polished black fruits, cocoa and espresso with toasted nut on the finish. Plenty of voluptuous new oak should meld nicely over the next 24 months.

Author Naperwino
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 81.613%
Tasted On 07/12/2013

Very big fruit. Decanted for 3 hours and still had a wonderful ripe nose. Well balanced will drink we'll for many more years!

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Author David 429
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.658%
Tasted On 12/13/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2025

INCREDIBLE INKY BLACK WINE, BEAUTIFUL NOSE OF HUGE BERRIES, SADDLE LEATHER AND CASSIS, FANTASTIC WELL INTEGRATED SOFT TANNINS WIT HA LONG AND FLOURISHING FINISH LASTING 60 SECONDS OR LONGER.

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Author tiberite
Site / Blog mac_h Trust Rating 94.76%
Tasted On 11/30/2011

excellent big cal cab drinking exceptionally well right now. some aging to go as well

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Author Charles S310
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.333%
Tasted On 02/09/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2020

One of the best cabs I have ever had. Deep, dark red color with smooth taste from start to finish.

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Author dougwilder
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Site / Blog dougwilder - the purely domestic wine blog Trust Rating 98.558%
Tasted On 03/27/2009

Aromas: Essences of ripe blue fruits, warm blackberry tart, and sweet palm fruit from Morocco Palate: Massively formed, polished black berry, currant, chocolate and coffee bean Impression: Another success story from this team, needs a couple years to fully integrate the oak

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Author Spif7
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 08/30/2008

Saturday night, I hosted a small blind tasting of some recent 2005 cali cab purchases to determine my future purchasing preferences. The three wines were: Buccella Cabernet, Maybach Materium & Corra Cabernet. Previously I had only tasted the 2004 Corra by itself and absolutely loved the wine. This time I wanted to see if Corra was really that good as well as determine if I will be purchasing the other two wines in the future. Four of us tasted and completed a simple ranking from 1 (best) to 3 (worst). The results were as follows: (5pts) 2005 Corra Cabernet Even blind the Corra performed as I expected, unbelievable. The nose was a beautiful mixture of fresh berries and floral notes. It had layer upon layer of flavors, none overpowering the next. The strength of this wine is the subtle finesse of all the components in complete harmony. Corra will definitely continue to be a part of my cellar. (7pts) 2005 Buccella Cabernet The Buccella was a close second in everyone's opinion. It was masculine in comparison to the feminine style of Corra. This wine was almost chewy in consistency with a rich core of fruit. I enjoyed this wine thoroughly, yet I question the future direction of the wine without Mark Herold at the helm. Anyone know what vintage was his last? (12pts) 2005 Maybach Materium Finally and probably the most disappointing for me was the Maybach. The wine was very tannic and austere. You could tell that it would age for awhile; however, I kept asking myself if I didn't like the base components now would I like them aged? It was a good wine, yet not in the company of the other two. At the $100+ range, I expected more and will spend my money elsewhere the next time. Overall, it was a wonderful night of good wine that helped fine-tune my ever expanding annual cabernet purchase that I keep failing to contain.

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Author stujakub
Site / Blog stuartjakub.googlepages.com  Trust Rating 99.315%
Tasted On 07/09/2008

Lots of glcerol, very sweet. Needs lots of time, 10 years maybe. Very luscious fruit.

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Author RDL
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 07/05/2008

Deep purple in color. A little too young right now. It did open up after a while. Still delicious!

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