Hartwell Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The Wine Advocate - "Wow! Was I blown away by this wine, which I do not remember ever rating so highly. This is an opaque purple-colored, seriously endowed Cabernet displaying an extraordinary bouquet of spring flowers, lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis and subtle oak. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it possesses sweet tannins, beautiful integration of wood, tannin, acidity and alcohol, and a full-bodied, powerful yet elegant personality."
Wine Spectator - "Smooth, rich and creamy, this is a plush and inviting wine with generous black cherry and blackberry fruit that's ripe and layered, offering depth and concentration and finishing with a warm chocolate aftertaste."
Wine Enthusiast - "Rich, creamy and lush on the palate, with loads of cassis that just roll on and on through the velvety finish. But is no simple fruit bomb—it also delivers plenty of dried herb and tobacco complexity wrapped in toast and vanilla."
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated ruby-red. Roasted plum, mocha and chocolate liqueur on the inviting nose. Sweet and lush in the mouth, with very ripe, mellow flavors of currant, cherry, tar and melting chocolate. This has the fat of a topnotch merlot. Long finish features substantial but thoroughly sweet tannins."
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Hartwell Vineyards winery is located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley and produces some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in California. This wine is produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Merlot is also grown, produced and bottled on the Hartwell Estate. Bob abd Blanca Hartwell believe that if you grow the best grapes you will make the best wine. View all Hartwell Wines
About Napa Valley
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 lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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