Showket Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Rich, ripe, supple and harmonious, with plush, concentrated currant, plum and black cherry fruit that's highlighted by spicy notes and pretty, toasty oak shadings. Finishes with a long, lingering after-taste that keeps revealing extra flavor facets.
Wine Spectator - "Ripe, rich, supple and harmonious, with plush, concentrated currant, plum and black cherry fruit, highlighted by spicy notes and pretty toasty oak shadings. Finishes with a long, lingering aftertaste that keeps revealing extra flavor facets."
The Wine Advocate - "The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon (5% Cabernet Franc is included in the blend) is an elegant, pretty effort offering black currant flavors intermixed with spicy oak and floral notes. The wine possesses a plush texture, impeccable purity, fine balance, and a medium to full-bodied, long finish."
In 1988, along with their son Ziyad, Kal and Dorothy Showket moved to Napa Valley. After searching for three years for just the right property, they bought an existing but decimated Vineyard in the eastern hillsides overlooking Oakville, California. Oak root fungus had devastated a vast majority of the vines. Phyloxera damage took its toll on most of the rest. The Showkets knew they had a prime location, but they also knew they had much hard work ahead of them in order to bring the vineyard up to its potential. Almost immediately they contracted with Pina Vineyard Management, a well-respected, highly reputable vineyard Management Company, to help them renew the Vineyards. All the Vineyards have since been replaced.
Along with their own feelings about the property and it's potential and with the advice of notable local vintners, the Showkets knew they had an ideal property for producing premium red wine. Already the Cabernet Franc was being used in Caymus Cabernet as well as Dalla Valle Cabernet. View all Showket 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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