Richard Partridge Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Dark, reddish ruby. Alluring aromas of blackberry and black cherry with hints of cocoa powder,anise and spicy vanilla. These aromas coalesce with the rich, full bodied dark cherry and plum flavors that climax with a long, elegant finish.
Wine Spectator - "Intense, with firm, rich blackberry and black cherry fruit that's tight and concentrated, with hints of cedary oak and anise, and a firmly tannic finish that lets the flavors sail on."
Richard Partridge Winery
Richard Partridge Wines is a small family owned winery in the Napa Valley with just around 1,000 cases of Chardonnay and Cabernet produced each year. The low production and small operation keeps them from many mass marketing techniques, and it means they have to have a big story, luckily they do! Richard grew up around soybeans and wheat on the farms of Indiana, a far cry from the crops he would someday be cultivating. As an electrical engineer in Illinois he met his wife, Cris, and they soon moved to southern California to start up their own company, R.F. Partridge & Associates, Inc., which supplies large electrical generators and other backup power utilities to data centers, hospitals, military bases, and other large entities. From his experience, you could say Richard knows how to bring the power!
With their home in Orange County and a passion for visits to the Napa Valley, Cris and Richard decided to buy property in Napa. The rest, you could say, is history. A chance introduction to Bob Egelhoff began a winemaking relationship built on teamwork and creating the best possible wine from the best fruit in the Valley. Bob’s experience led to the premiere release, 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, garnering the second highest rating for a '98 Napa Valley Cab from James Laube. They knew Richard had brought the power once again!
They want their label to continue to represent quality, and by keeping production small they can continue to keep their eye on every part of the winemaking process, from grape growing to seeing our bottles on the shelf! View all Richard Partridge 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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