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2002 Sbragia Family Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso

  • 89 WA
  • 87 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 106362-2002-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Enticing aromas of fresh herb, currant and floral spice, this is elegant and polished, enjoyable to drink. The tannins are fine-grained and there's a nice cedary oak edge. 560 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2009
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    The Cabernet Sauvignon is aged 18 to 24 months in French oak and is100% varietal. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso, from that famous vineyard with some of the oldest Cabernet vines in Sonoma, has a deep ruby/purple color, spiciness, distinct herbs, cedar, and leather in addition to cherries and currants. It is slightly austere and certainly not one of the profound 2002s that were produced in California's North Coast. It should drink well for 10-12 years.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2017
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    This still very, very youthfull in color, smell and taste....great fruit core of blue and black fruits.....somehow atypical to this bottling in where usually the ripe fruits dominates as well licorice, leather, plum. But this has clearly a bright future ahead. Now, for best results a decanting of 1hr is highly recommend it. Finish is long and delicious ...tannins still present.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2026
    Author: Jito72

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

  • 23 bottles owned
  • 19 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 19 collectors)