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2005 California Cabernet Retrospective: Hit and Miss at Age 10

A long, cool growing season and a huge crop created challenges, but seasoned vintners came through with sumptuous wines
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube reviews 112 California Cabernets from the 2005 vintage.
James Laube
Posted: September 28, 2015

Each year, Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube conducts blind retrospective tastings of older vintages of California Cabernet Sauvignon and blends. He recently tasted wines from 2005. It’s a way, Laube says, to examine how California wines age and recommend when the wines are at their peak. It’s also fun, he says, to find the surprises—good and otherwise—that come with cellaring wines. Here are his reviews, with scores, tasting notes and drink windows, on more than 110 top 2005 California Cabernets at age 10.

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