2005 is a classic Oakville Cabernet vintage, so it is no surprise that this wine exhibits such heady aromas of ripe blackberry, cassis, black licorice and mocha. The mouth has superb structure, with plenty of the fine-grained, round, ripe tannins we have come to expect from the Schmidt Ranch vineyard. Lingering notes of black cherry and cassis on the palate. The 2005 Alexis Cabernet promises to be enjoyable for at least 20 years following release.
Wine Enthusiast - Swanson has a great track record with this wine, which is always in need of time on release. The 2005 shows classic Napa structure, with hard but near-perfect tannins and lush, oak-sweetened black currant, cherry and dark chocolate flavors. Brilliant, but will benefit from a good three or four years in the cellar. Should evolve well beyond 2012.
Wine Spectator - Delivers subtle, complex black cherry, currant, spice and cedary oak notes that are well-structured and well-proportioned, gaining depth and richness and ending with a nice touch of toasty oak. Best from 2011 through 2017. 1,187 cases made.
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