Review: 2005 Hall Wines Cabernet Sauvignon “Jack’s Masterpiece”

Very young but full of promise, this Napa Cabernet created by Hall Wines president Mike Reynolds is a potential keeper, though I fear it’s far too young to drink today.

The 2005 Cab is locked up tight as a snare drum. Even after several hours in the glass, it still hasn’t opened up much for me. On first blush the tannin is overwhelming, a tight shot of near astringency that overpowers the fruit. Slowly it reveals some of its charms, though I suspect more lie beneath. There is classic Cab currant character and some baking spice/cinnamon notes, but that tannin gives it a greenness in the finish that isn’t totally compelling. I had mixed feelings overall. It went better with food than it did on its own. Really, this would be a good candidate to lock up in the cellar until 2012 and see how it’s developed.

On a side note, check out the curious label: It’s actually a painting by Reynold’s 18-month-old son Jack, hence the name of the wine. I gotta say: The kid’s got talent.

B- / $65 /

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