Why wait? I'll tell ya why...
Patience is not one of my virtues but grudgingly, I do practice it on occasion. It was well rewarded. Having just consumed the last bottle, it was by far the best yet. What presence and flavor! So that's why they grow those grapes way up there...
2005 Rutherford Grove Reserve - Howell Mountain
Exceptional value for the price. Would highly recommend this wine.
Do yourself a favor and purchase this one. OMG, it was fantastic.
Great Value , wish I bought more
Big Bold Cab. Friendly tannins, wish I bought more. All my friends loved it when serving them
Bang in a bottle
An amazing experience. It's like the fourth of July without the heat!!
Much better than it's ratings
I not sure why or how a critic arrives at a rating of 86/87 for this wine. It may very well be the best Cab I have ever tasted. I won't go into desciptions like "cassis, plum, blackberry, ink, earthy, etc.", although it had all those qualities, a 95+ in my book All I can say from my prespective is that this wine is a monster and leave it at that! Enjoy......
What Can I say...
....that hasn't been opined by the others. My best experience with Wine Access. When it came around a second time, I jumped in big. I have four cases in the cellar sleeping.
Needs a little extra time in the cellar, but overall an absolutely excellent wine!
Would order more in a heartbeat
Took this to a party and instantly, everyone was asking where to get it. The Rutherford was the hit of the party.
Wish I had bought more. This is a beautiful wine.
A wine drinker's jem
Rich, round, warm, deep ruby color - balanced fruit and firm soft tannins - I hope I can wait the few more years to see how this matures!
If you like a deep colored, heavy but smooth cab, this is it. Excellent.
This was my second opportunity to purchase it. I Had to jump on it . It is a great value for a wonderful California Cabernet
Sweet cabernet fruit, smooth tanins, complexity gained by the few years of bottle age - I would not be disappointed with this wine if I had paid the $100 original retail. At almost 1/3 that price, it is a great find.
Red Wine Lover from Wisconsin
Excellent with a grilled steak....wish I had purchase more! Full flavored, rich tanins!
Wonderful full body with great nose and a silky finish.
One of the best Napa Cabs,,,honestly
I just Love this wine. It has a beautiful aromatic nose and full round mouth feel and flavors with a nice spice finish. We shared it with a friend who loved it too, gave her a copy of the print-out, when she asked where she coould buy some. (of course I told her this wine is not available now) I think wine access has a new customer. lol,,, I honestly wish I had bought several cases,, I will buy this wine if/when it becomes available again.
2005 Rutherford Grove Cab Reserve
I "sneaked" a taste of this wine the day of delivery in front of a roaring fire in my cozy living room... wow! What a perfect ending to a stressful day... Great nose and flavorful finish down to the last morsel.... I can't wait to fire up the grill and savor this spectacular wine with some grilled beast!
Classic California Cab
Already had 2 of 6 bottles and everyone who tasted it LOVED it! Served with lamb chops for an excellent dinner. Silky smooth!
Excellent Napa Cab.
Fruity aroma but it takes time to open up. Powerful dk.ch. flavor, jammy but still has tannins. Age for a couple of years.
Thanks to other reviewers
I would like to add my thanks to other reviewers who recommended, last year, to let this wonderful cab age for a while. I did just that and was very happy with the results. I decanted and allowed to breathe for about a half hour; perfect!
Worth the wait
This wonderful cab has been lying in the cellar for a year and obviously has been improving every day. Served with a grilled steak it was all I could have hoped for. Wonderful balance between fruit and tannins with a beautiful long silky finish. My only concern is how well it will continue to age. Will the fruit overpower the tannins over the next few years? I think this is one that should be drank over the next several months.
A good 4 star rating. Great wine for the money.
This wine was a delight. The first pour out of the glass was clear that it'd need a few minutes (or more) to open up. Once it did, however, the fine structure on the tannins did not overwhelm, but served to support supple, but strong fruit with that characteristic Napa jammy plum tinged with tobacco. Yum! Still, I bought this to lay down in the cellar to mellow further...it is a trial for me to leave it lie!
Critic rating too low. Full body and tast of a more mature Cab. As with other reviewers wish I had more.
Wish i'd gotten more
Wonderfully rich from beginning to end. Earthy in a Bordeaux manner yet definitely California in it's well forward fruitiness. The friendliest of tannins provide great length and a luscious finish, a solid 93-94 points. My cellar is at 402 with orders placed for 66 more... so although this would easily rest for several more yrs, it drinks so well now why wait?
Give it a chance to breathe and it keeps getting better.
05 Rutherford Grove
The wine is a complete statement for California CS and falls only slightly short on the finish. If it were a hare's breath extended to the front of the palate I would expect this would have been a mid to upper 90 wine. Good value and distinct enough to be far above the beaten path of Cali CS homogeny
Mature and ready now...
This wine looks and tastes as if it were 8 or 9 years old. It is a mature and well integrated wine ready to drink. What a great Rutherford Cab. It has that dusty finish after a mouth filling and bright red cherry and blackberry fruit. My case will be gone this year, guaranteed.
Powerful fruit and tannins need breathing time
Almost undrinkable at first. Improved each hour in a carafe in an ice bucket filled with chilled water to keep cool but not cold. (About 60 degrees) After 3 hours this wine finally began to mellow and earned its 4 stars.
Wonderful flavor pleasingly sweet, long finish
decant this very tasty wine for one hour it is fantastic!
2005 Rutherford Grove Cabernet Sauvignon
a beautiful purple color, great flavor up front, a nice, not too many taninins finish, and a desire for more
Howell Mountain perfection
It is big and bold and great with lamb
The wine is very well structured mountain cabernet. The tannins frame it very well but need some time to resolve. Behind the tannins there is definite cassis and blackberry that will be more forward with time.
Is that all there is?
Granted, this wine is smooth as silk, full-bodied and goes down easily. But given its pedigree, I was expecting more, much more. I'm not sure why but it seemed to lack the Cabernet characteristics I enjoy so much. I drank it over the course of 2-3 days and it didn't budge. I'll try the remaining bottles over the course of the next few years and see what develops.
Big wine; lacks finesse
Should probably give this 3.5 stars...
A very big, almost jammy cabernet with well-integrated tannins. Was a tad disappointed in the rather undistinguished nose. Opens up over time, but still expected a bit more varietal character in this price-range.
Drink Now Drink fast!
Very nice complex and structured at first taste. By your 2nd glass it loses most of it. This wine is past its optimum consumption year but has just enough left that if you pour the whole bottle at once everyone will taste an undervalued complex wine. However by the 2nd glass price may be high. Drink Now Drink fast and enjoy the fist glass. I loved the first glass.