Top Ten Vintage Wines From 2005

Are you looking for a great wine from 2005? There are a number of high quality vintages from all over that are aged beautifully from some of the best vineyards. A good vintage wine can round out a perfect meal, mark a special occasion and makes a wonderful gift. This is a sampling of ten 2005 wines from regions known for their beautiful, mild weather and rich, abundant crops.

You will find cabernet, merlot, syrah and sauvignon blanc on the list, and are sure to find a bottle that suits your needs and tastes. So, grab a bottle to drink with your favorite steaks or fish, cheese, pasta or vegetables. These wines are great with good company in the kitchen or on the deck on a warm evening. Enjoy!

2005 Hunt Cellars ‘CabOvation’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 750 mL

From the mountaintops of Destiny Vineyards, this cabernet features the flavors of black wild cherries, black currant, jamb black cassis, a hint of vanilla and toasty oak. A wonderful vintage cabernet. This wine pairs well with steaks and rich mushroom sauces, as well as acidic vegetarian dishes like eggplant, spinach and kale because they balance each other out. Keep the cheeses mild though, the two strong flavors will compete with each other for attention.

2005 Eden Canyon Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

This cabernet hails from the steep hills of the La Panza mountain range. A bronze medal winner in the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition, this cabernet has a medium body with softer tannins, chocolate, strawberry, black fig, plum, cassis, tobacco and vanilla flavors.

2005 Jana Winery Napa Valley Cathedral Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ML

Small crop and berry size. Tastes of violets, pyrazines and hint of mint. Well balanced and aged for two years in French Oak with well rounded tannins. Grown in the famously mild, sunny rolling hills of the Napa Valley.

2005 C.G. Di Arie Cellar Select Wines Syrah, Southern Exposure 750mL

This amazing Syrah has a deep, dark color with dark berry aromas. With an abundance of savory flavors such as cherry, smoke, leather, blackberries and an undercurrent of vanilla. A balanced finish with soft tannins and a lingering dark fruit and mocha finish.

2005 Rocca Family Vineyards Syrah Yountville Napa Valley 750 mL “(Amazon.com Exclusive)”

This is an Amazon exclusive. True to the vineyards it comes from, this Syrah has smoky, cherry and wild plum aromas, with hints of dried lavender and nutmeg. Elegant, with a soft, polished texture.

2005 Hedges Family Estate Single Vineyard Limited MERLOT 750 mL

This merlot has a very dark garnet/purple color, with blackberries, cassis, plums and black cherries. A hint of citrus balanced by smokey, spiciness (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and black licorice) sweetness with butterscotch, vanilla and oak. Great year with optimal weather conditions. Pair this with a variety of pasta dishes.

2005 Tudor Wines Santa Lucia Highland Pinot Noir 750 mL

Black cherry, fruit and vanilla flavors, with tastes of cola and raspberries and crisp acidity. Wonderfully pairs with duck, pork, salmon fish and steak.

2005 Edenvale Reserve Claret 750 mL

A robust red blend with a beautiful nose of ripe raspberry, currant and a hint of leather. Intense with big tannins that help the wine age beautifully. Taste ripe berry, and just a bit of anise and graham cracker finished with a spicy white pepper note. Great with all types of cheeses, steaks and rich dishes.

2005 Gann Family Cellars Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 375 mL

Notes of apricot, stone fruits and honey. Rich sweetness contrasts with natural acidity and a lingering finish. Ideal conditions in the Russian River Valley in Healdsburg allowed for this late season Sauvignon Blanc to develop its elegant sweet and lingering flavor. Pair this wine with green salads, chicken, buttery dishes and vegetarian dishes. Great wine to start off an evening.

2005 Deerfield Ranch Winery Blend – Red Napa Valley Trio Vineyard 750 mL

Rounding out this list is the Red Napa Valley Trio Vineyard blend from the Napa Valley. Cutting edge viticultural techniques lend themselves to this elegant, reserved blend that features a good amount of Cabernet Franc.

These wines are well-aged and represent a variety of elegant and rich flavors from various regions. A wonderful year all around, with mild weather and quality crops, each wine is distinct and painstakingly produced from winemakers who are passionate and precise.