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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.
"It's no secret that I love mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and year after year the fruit from Mt.
Veeder's Wall Vineyard justifies my passion. There's an intensity and concentration to the grapes
that practically jumps out of the crusher, and with careful handling this intensity translates to a
wine of enormous depth and richness. An excellent vintage, 2007 produced a wine with generous
aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, plums, cola berry, and cocoa powder, deftly balanced
with the sweet toasty notes of classy French oak. Velvety-smooth, this is what I call an "instant
gratification" wine, though cellaring will undoubtedly reward the collector with additional layers
of complex flavors."
"One of my favorite offerings is the brilliant 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Wall Vineyard. From an 1,800 foot elevation vineyard, it is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc. Black raspberry, blueberry, licorice, incense and graphite characteristics are accompanied by an opaque purple color, gorgeous complexity and richness and hints of toasty oak as well as flowers. The wine is generous, savory and expansive, but the wealth of extravagant fruit nearly hides abundant tannin in the finish. This brilliant Cabernet is actually underpriced for its quality. Drink it over the next two decades.
The Wine Advocate
"Rustic and rough-hewn, dense and chewy, with intense wild berry, cola, mineral, forest floor, cedar and graphite. Yet for all its wildness and rusticity, there's much to be enjoyed in hiking through the rocky mix of flavors."
"Good full ruby. Wild, exotic aromas of dark fruits and licorice lifted by violet. Then sweet, tight and powerful, with broad black cherry and cassis flavors enlivened by minerality. The largest-scaled and most powerful of this set of cabernets, but with the stuffing to support its substantial ripe tannins. Ends with a perfumed note of candied violet. "My kind of cabernet," notes Ed Sbragia."
International Wine Cellar
As the master winemaker at the famed Beringer winery in Napa for over 32 years, Ed Sbragia has made wine from every great vineyard in Northern California. Sbragia Family Vineyards is a dream Ed has had for many years, a small, family-owned winery making limited lots of wine from blocks of his favorite grapes, including his family's own Dry Creek vineyards. With his son Adam, Ed also focuses on extremely small production wines from spectacular sites, such as this 2005 Rancho Del Oso Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
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...Read More About Napa Valley
(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,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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