International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(100% cabernet sauvignon; 15% alcohol): Very deep, bright ruby-red. Slightly high-toned, expressive aromas of black cherry, redcurrant, cedar and tobacco. Dense, thick and sweet; rounder and more open-knit today than the Vintner Select Merlot, with noteworthy breadth to the flavors of redcurrant, dark chocolate, cedar and sexy herbs. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins that are supported by the wine's mid-palate sweetness.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Select is deeper and fleshier than the straight Cabernet. Here the flavor profile tends towards blacker fruits. Tobacco, scorched earth, spices, mint, leather and licorice add complexity and gravitas on the rich, textured finish.Drink Dates: 2015-2028Author: Antonio Galloni
Self | Rating: 94Author: Dougobrick
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
- 155 bottles owned
- 38 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 38 collectors)