International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($175) Full medium ruby. Currant and chocolate liqueur aromas. Superripe and almost painfully concentrated, but more serious and less confectionery today than the young 2002 sample. Slightly medicinal flavor of chocolate liqueur. This may be starting to shut down in bottle, but its uncanny concentration, noble tannins and great persistence suggest it will develop in bottle for at least 15 years.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96Shares the weight, density and concentration (along with the tannin mass) of the other Bond Cabs, yet delivers a wider range of flavor and a touch more finesse, unfolding to reveal a core of dark berry, pencil lead, graphite, mocha and touches of loamy earth and mineral. Great structure; great future. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2025. 700 cases made.'J.L.Drink Dates: 2011-2025Author: James LaubeIssue: Web Only - 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100Utterly perfect, another wine that seems to have taken on a first-growth Pauillac-like character (think Mouton-Rothschild) is the 2001 St. Eden. With a remarkably perfumed nose of crushed rocks, subtle barbecue smoke, and again, cedar wood intermixed with creme de cassis and blackberry, this wine displays a phenomenally concentrated mouthfeel, full-bodied opulence, voluptuous texture, and of this trio, is certainly the closest to its apogee of full maturity. Nevertheless, it will still benefit from another 5-10 years of cellaring and keep for an additional 25-30.Drink Dates: 2016 - 2046Author: Robert ParkerIssue: 195
Self | Rating: 94Author: Super V
Self | Rating: 93A rich, flavorful cabernet. It doesn't quite have the round plushness of Harlan, but it is a fine wine. Great with steak.Author: Jeffrey M989
Self | Rating: 95Explosive nose. Black currant, plum, cedar notes, followed by intense depth. A spectacular representation of cabernet at its finest.Author: sikora398
Self | Rating: 96This wine was GREAT! Long lasting on the tongue.Drink Dates: 2010-2025Author: Trumbull Ben
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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.
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 and in , and and in .
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 , which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this . These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. producers such as , , and 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 , , and .
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
- 786 bottles owned
- 277 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 277 collectors)