Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Intensely concentrated, rich wine. Full of cassis, dark red raspberry and ripe plum. Layer upon layer of captivating aromas from spices to dried herbs. Full and rich mouth feel that is long lasting and pleasing.
Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Wine Enthusiast - "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville exhibits a similar opaque purple color and appears to be slightly richer than the 2007, as preposterous as that may sound. This thick, unctuously textured Cabernet is loaded with creme de cassis, charcoal, earth and spice characteristics and displays an explosively long finish. Both vintages are great, but the 2008 might nudge out the 2007. However, this will not be definitively decided for 10-15 years. This is another 20-year wine. 94+"
International Wine Cellar - "Good full ruby. Complex aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, subtle spices and menthol. Lush on entry, then utterly seamless in the middle, with harmonious acidity giving shape and energy to the intense cassis and black cherry flavors. A peppery nuance provides lift but this fruit bomb will need four or five years in the bottle to develop more complexity. "
Oakville Ranch Winery
Oakville Ranch is rambunctiously alive. In the decades since Bob and Mary Miner bought the 350-acre property with a desire to showcase what the Oakville sub-appellation is capable of producing in the context of a mountain vineyard, the obsessive care that has gone into priming the soil and vines is now yielding fruit of unprecedented quality. With much of its pristine grasslands and forests untouched, the ranch is a landscape of uncontained beauty and boundless promise—promise that grows bolder with every harvest.
A gradual and deliberate shift from conventional, reductive farming methods to more sustainable principles has established a naturally animated vineyard ecosystem. Organic practices now encourage plant and insect diversity among the vines, rather than trying to vanquish it. The soil is reawakened. The vineyards have been patiently replanted and the hillsides cultivated to allow terraces to grow in tandem with vines. Always a producer of super-premium fruit, Oakville Ranch is now yielding grapes of a quality unmatched by the vast majority of Napa Valley growers. View all Oakville Ranch 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 grated 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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.