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2001 D.R. Stephens Cabernet Sauvignon Moose Valley Vineyard

  • 90 WA
  • 95 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 70518-2001

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    A gorgeous young Cabernet, brimming with ripe, rich, vibrant black cherry, blackberry and spicy toasty oak; its flavors are deep and enormously concentrated, coating the palate, holding a tight focus and finishing with remarkable complexity and finesse. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 967 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    A seductive, smoky, plum and berry-scented effort with hints of herbs and damp earth, this full-bodied, opulent, soft, round 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon is ideal for drinking over the next decade. It was one of the most mature 2001s I tasted.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Dan McD
  • Self | Rating: 94

    A welcome surprise during this tasting, the 2001 D. R. Stephens is a superlative effort. Darkly colored with dusty fruit and chalk aromas. Impressive concentration of dark fruits gives the wine considerable length. Well balanced structure with finely etched tannins and adequate acidity. The level of oak used is substantial but the wine shows no difficulty in handling the new wood.
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Amazing wine. Medium to full bodied. Beautiful dark purple color in the glass. The tannins are extremely well integrated and bare perceptible on the palate. I was surprised to see that the alcohol level is 14.5%, because the wine is extremely well balanced. Dark fruits, beautiful aromas on the nose. I am glad I waited 6 years to open this wine, though I now wish I had more. Tremendous effort! The wine has another 5 to 10 years of life if cellared properly (which mine was).
    Author: dvaldosf
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Cab drinking very well right now. Good mid palate texture with good weight and long finish. Don't decant for more than an hour before.
    Author: Adriel L
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Grilling a surf and turf situation and decided to consume three older cabernets; 1999 Chateau Montelena Estate, 2001 DR Stephens Moose Valley Vineyard and the 2003 Pride Mountain Vineyards. Short story, all were very good. Big, robust and fruit filled. Of the three, I opened the Pride first. Older notes had indicated that it was slow to open up, and it was. About 30 minutes later, I opened the Montelena and the DR Stephens. At this point, +/- 15 minutes (Pride had been open and small tastings completed), the Montelena was the smoothest out of the bottle. It was silky soft, but still had a bunch of fruit. The DR Stephens took a bit, but within 30 minutes, it was outstanding as well. It took a long time for the Pride to find its stride, perhaps as much as 2 hours, and it just kept getting better. It would be hard to pick a favorite; I honestly liked all three equally. On the bold scale, I would put the Pride in 1st, DR Stephens 2nd and the Montelena 3rd. However, in terms of drinkability, all three were equally grouped, good and very enjoyable. None of these wines tasted like teenagers, they had the feeling of grown up adultescence wines just ready to go to high school, which is amazing in and of itself. If I had blind tasted these, certainly the Montelena would have felt the oldest, but not in a bad way like other wines get when they get some age. It would be hard to pick one over another, and the group drinking them liked them all too. I think it makes sense to give all 95's which says 'all very good, nothing was outstanding,ƒ?_ which is about how I saw the wines. The Stephanie Webb test said she liked them all.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Wow! This is an excellent wine with full expression of fruit spectrum, elegant balanced tannins long satiney finish. Drank next to a Bond and a Harlan and it was right there!
    Author: dwdorman

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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 603 bottles owned
  • 107 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 107 collectors)