Wine Advocate | Rating: 90The opaque purple-colored, dense, chewy, full-bodied 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon is more tannic and structured when tasted next to the 1994 and 1995. Although lacking some of the 1994's and 1995's velvety texture, it remains a well-made, large-scaled, well-endowed Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next two decades. The Cabernet Sauvignons are made in small quantities (250 cases for the 1993 and 400-500 cases for the 1994 and 1995) and see one-third new oak casks. They are dense purple-colored, with ripe, sweet fruit, plenty of body, and 15-20 years of aging potential. It is hard to pick a favorite among the 1993, 1994, and 1995, although my instincts suggest the 1995 is going to ultimately emerge with a score several points higher than the 1993 or 1994. This winery has been producing some dazzling Cabernet Sauvignons and Cabernet/Merlot blends that would fare well against some of the most expensive proprietary reds of northern California. For obvious reasons, Dehlinger Winery garners most of its praise because of its Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but the Cabernet and Cabernet/Merlot blend should not be ignored. As readers undoubtedly realize, $20-$25 does not buy too many great Cabernet Sauvignons or proprietary red wines in 1996, but it does at Dehlinger.Author: Robert Parker
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 10 bottles owned
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