2005 Tudal Family Cabernet Sauvignon

Mission Codename: Frugal Tudal

Operative: Agent White, with Agent Red

Objective: Secure a value-oriented Napa Valley Cab for our operatives.

Mission Status: Accomplished

Current Winery: Tudal Family Winery

Wine Subject: 2005 Tudal Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


The grapes for this wine come from three vineyards, two of which are Tudal’s vineyards in the St. Helena area at the north end of Napa Valley and adjacent to the famed Rutherford AVA. One of the Tudal vineyards is their ‘Old Vine’ vineyard. The third source is the Clift Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District which is at the southern end of the valley framed by Carneros, Mount Veeder and Yountsville District, and although Cabernet Sauvignon only makes up a small proportion of the grapes grown in Oakville, they are indeed exceptional grapes.

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Dark and deep garnet in color with a slightly purple dark clear core. Its deep color becomes more ruby along the edge and when swirled, alternating sets of slow and fast thin tears ring the glass.

Smell – Medium in intensity with aromas of earthy cherry and black-fruit supported by a base of fresh cut cedar and exotic spices. As this wine opens up, the slightly perfumed nose opens up with a hint of licorice, smoke and herbaceous green pepper.

Feel – The attack on this wine is smooth and dry with plush medium-fine tannins and an easy acidity leading to a soft, round and feminine texture.

Taste – A pleasant balance of earthly fruit, specifically ripe and tart cherries and blackberries with a touch if ripe plum that are layered and well integrated with notes of earthiness, cedar, and spice-box.

Finish – Long with lingering flavors of cedar and its luscious fruit supported by its plush tannins.

Conclusion – The 2005 Tudal Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon shows its classic Napa heritage with a fine balance of classic fruit and a pleasant earthy quality. An exceptional vintage, soft and round in its feel, and drinking great right now, this wine should continue to develop over the next several years. At the price, this wine is an exceptional value and stands up easily to its more expensive neighbors – making this wine perfect for everyday drinking.

Mission Report:

Agent Red reporting.

Agent White provided the wine review above, but it was I who developed the asset which led to the acquisition of today’s wine.

My newest asset, Dr. Pinot, has come through once again. This time he has delivered to me a delicious staple Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with a great QPR.

I first became acquainted with Dr. Pinot at a trade tasting in the Napa Valley. I was undercover, posing as a wine writer. Really, I was there to scout and develop new assets. It was apparent that this man knew wine – and the wine business. It was also apparent that, despite the sound of his singularly-focused name, that the man was well versed in all wines, not just Pinot Noirs.

At the end of the tasting, I made small talk with him, subtly probing him to gain full insight into his knowledge, experience and aptness as a potential agent. As people were leaving, we exchanged business cards. I handed him my writers card and I left with his.

Back at HQ, I began the vetting process. Everything checked out and in the process of vetting, I learned that he had recently taken the helm of a very well-known Napa Valley winery, Tudal. This was an exciting addition to the mans overall backstory. I arrange an immediate meeting.

When I reveal my true identity to some people, reactions run the gamut from nonplused to shocked. Dr. Pinot kept his cool and, to his credit, immediately set about to present deep intel on several local wineries. The best intel was that which he provided on Tudal. Which, as you know, led to today’s great Tudal Family Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dr. Pinot will continue to be an important asset, and I will keep you up to date on how he develops. Meanwhile, for an tangible example of how great his sleuthing abilities are, be sure to sample today’s exceptional QPR Napa Valley Cab.

Wine Spies Vineyard Check:

The location of the Tudal Family Winery can be seen in this satellite photo.

The location of the Tudal Old Vine Vineyard in St. Helena can be seen in this satellite photo.

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