Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2008 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates the beautiful spectrum of fruit flavors that can be found in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a textbook example of why this small appellation continues to earn its reputation for classic renditions of this important Bordeaux varietal. Warm red cherry, boysenberry, plum and cassis are interwoven with notes of black licorice and graphite in a sleek but generous wine. With toasted oak flavors that include espresso and dark chocolate, this is refined and elegant, with rich, mouth coating tannins and a lasting vibrancy that bodes well for long term cellaring.
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley flows from the glass with dark red fruit, sweet spices and licorice. It is a beautifully layered, sexy wine bursting with energy. The supple, easygoing style makes this approachable even today. In 2008 the blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent about 24 months in French oak barrels, 80% new"
The Wine Advocate
"Full, saturated ruby. Cassis, menthol, licorice and minerals on the slightly medicinal nose and palate. Creamy, ripe and pliant but not at all heavy; lovely round, mouthfilling wine with good verve. Finishes with big but smooth tannins and good length. This has the balance to offer early pleasure."
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The underlying philosophy at Etude Wines is that winemaking begins in the vineyard, long before the grapes are harvested. Winemaker, Jon Priest, believes that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker and results in a wine that is grown, not made. Etude specializes in two classic red varieties: Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Though modeled on the best from Burgundy to Bordeaux, these wines speak clearly of their contemporary California origins, combining rich, ripe fruit with an elegant and opulent mouth feel.
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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...
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(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...
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