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1997 Jones Family - Cabernet Sauvignon

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 94 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 52088-1997-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Dark, rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, mineral, cedar, tobacco and herb notes, finishing with complex flavors and firm tannins. 790 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Good medium ruby. Briary blackberry, black cherry, mocha, cinnamon, mace and a hint of menthol on the nose. Thick, rich and layered, with superripe black fruit and dark chocolate flavors and a primary, grapey aspect. Chewy and dense yet rather approachable for this wine. Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2000
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    This wine is the product of a small micro-vinification from a 5-acre vineyard on the upper eastern hillsides of Napa Valley. David Abreu, the well-known vineyard manager, oversees the vineyard, and acclaimed wine consultant, Heidi Barrett, makes the wine. The sensational 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (800 cases produced) is the finest effort yet from the Jones Family. The color is a saturated blue/purple. The nose offers up classic mineral, blueberry, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty oak notes. Full-bodied, with stunning purity, a multi-layered, full-bodied palate impression, and an explosive finish, this wine requires 2-3 years of cellaring; it will age nicely for 20-25 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Adriel L
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Cedar and plum on the nose. Casis and chocolate on the palate. Long finish. This is still drinking nicely. A sneak preview of Screaming Eagle with Heidi Barrett and David Abreu.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2018
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 91

    This wine is in its teenage years and as a result, letting the wine rest for another five years in the cellar is recommended. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc aged in 40% new and 60% second year French oak. Black cherry red color with a few legs showing moderate pigmentation. Strong black olive, cassis, and mint. Well balanced with sweet tannins and integrated acidity. A little more fruit in the mouth would be nice (and I expect with a few more years the fruit will reassert itself).
    Drink Dates: 2007+
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Vey nuce cab, full bodied, leather and mineral aromas, tannins still needs some softening, good acidity. It shall be better in 1-2 yrs
    Drink Dates: 2009-2014
    Author: Jito72
Jones Family Vineyards was established in 1996 as a family run winery with the singular focus to produce the finest Cabernet based wines from their special vineyards. Their location on a south facing hillside between St. Helena and Calistoga in the northern Napa Valley provides the ideal combination of soil and climate for the development of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vineyard manager David Abreu and winemakers Heidi Barrett and Thomas Rivers Brown have worked to maximize the potential of the unique location to produce two outstanding wines, the Jones Family Vineyards Cabernet, and a Cabernet blend wine, The Sisters.

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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 424 bottles owned
  • 119 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 119 collectors)