Paoletti Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The Wine Advocate - "Approximately 300 cases of this exceptionally well-made, promising Cabernet Sauvignon were produced. The wine possesses a saturated black/ruby/purple color, as well as a subtle yet impressive nose of ripe cassis, licorice, vanilla, and spice. Although restrained and unevolved, it exhibits a nicely-layered, multi-dimensional personality with deep, full-bodied flavors, and a sense of elegance and symmetry. This wine is accessible, but it promises to be better with another 2-3 years of aging; it will last for 15-16 years."
Paoletti Estates Winery: All the red grapes are grown in Calistoga, an ideal area for making great reds. We are making a small amount of chardonnay from our vineyard west of the city of Napa. The Estate has 11 acres planted; One to Sangiovese, one and a half to Malbec, one to Merlot, and the remaining to Cabernet. We also have a vineyard across from Montelena on Tubbs Lane with 20 acres of Merlot. We are totally self sufficient. We harvest by hand, and use all the finest French barrels. 50 % new every year. We only use them twice. Time in barrels depends on the variety. Cabernet & Merlot up to two years, and Sangiovese much less. Chardonnay is barrel fermented up to 11 months in oak. We don't however believe in over oaking anything. Charles Hendricks is our very talented winemaker out of Davis. He is making a great name for himself in the industry. View all Paoletti Vineyards Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.