Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Rich yet sleek and concentrated, with tiers of ripe plum, wild berry and black cherry. Shows a touch of spice, sandalwood and nutmeg. The long, detailed aftertaste that keeps introducing new flavors. 8,800 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96This stunning, inky/plum/purple-tinged 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection boasts a glorious fragrance of creme de cassis, licorice, toasty oak, spice box, cassis and vanillin. Full-bodied, opulent, flashy and irresistible, this endearing, plush, exuberant, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon is 3-5 years away from full maturity, yet it is already complex and rewarding. It should last for another two decades.Author: Robert Parker
Anonymous | Rating: 96Author: Hanja
Self | Rating: 92Author: Ish Wine Cellar
Self | Rating: 93Author: Edward O88
Self | Rating: 93Author: Jules G
Self | Rating: 95Author: Eduardo H
Self | Rating: 96Author: Noel H
Self | Rating: 93Drink Dates: 2007-2018Author: jab
Self | Rating: 96Dark inky purple color - probably the last shade you can call a wine red instead of black. Almost sweet tannins, slight acidity this Special Select is probably as full bodied and dense as it can get. Aromas of black fruit and vanilla. Bold, long lasting finish - great to drink today.Author: StefanBoedeker
Self | Rating: 95It's a;ll wht you expect it:dark as night, a tons of fruit of all kinds of berie:blackberry, berries and black currant.With a nice integration of high quality oak.Simply, delicious!Drink Dates: 2009-2014Author: Jito72
Self | Rating: 95Retail purchase, held about two years. Open for 1 hour, no decant. Deep dark blue. Eight years on the vintage presents a very well integrated, balanced and full-bodied cabernet with perfect ripeness, acidity and tannins. The 2002 CSS stops short of over-the-top bombastic showings for which premium Napa are often chastised. Fragrant, delicious, very enjoyable. I enjoyed a bottle of this vintage on release, definitely worth revisiting now. This wine trades above current retail for a reason. Classic and wonderful. A 20+ year bottle.Drink Dates: 2010-2025Author: Miguel L
Self | Rating: 89This intense and richly flavored red features melted black licorice, dried currant, savory herb and cedar notes. Firms up, ending with gritty, grainy tannins that have a sharp edge.'2002 California Cabernet blind retrospective (May 2012). Drink now through 2017. 8,800 cases made.Drink Dates: 2012-2018Author: JLANDAULA
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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
- 2207 bottles owned
- 409 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 409 collectors)