Jack Nicklaus Private Reserve 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Private Reserve 2009 is a lovely garnet color. Aromas of black fruit, including blackberry and black currant, are well layered with notes of vanilla and aniseed. Complex flavor intensity, it shows a wonderful varietal expression. Concentrated flavors of black cherry, plums and blueberry, with hints of vanilla and spicy nutmeg. Very lush texture, with velvety tannins.
Blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 2% Malbec
Wine Spectator - "Firm, tight and dense, with a chewy core of dark berry, fresh-turned earth, cedar, dill, tobacco and black licorice. Maintains a tight profile, ending with gritty tannins."
Jack Nicklaus Winery
Jack Nicklaus Wines, a line of handcrafted, limited-production wines from California's famed Napa Valley is a partnership between Terlato Wines and golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his family. The Nicklaus and Terlato families share a lifelong pursuit of excellence and achievement in their respective fields—as well as a deep appreciation for the land, whether creating memorable golf courses from stunning terrain, or growing grapes in exceptional vineyard soils. When Nicklaus, a long-time wine collector, sought to create a signature wine, he and his family looked for a partner who held high standards consistent with their own. Nicklaus and his sons, Jack II and Gary, visited the Terlato-owned vineyards in California to meet with TWI Chairman and Founder Anthony Terlato and his sons, Bill and John. They toured the Terlato-owned Chimney Rock and Rutherford Hill wineries, and what emerged from two extraordinary days in Napa Valley was a friendship and two fabulous new wines. No name is more synonymous with greatness in the sport of golf than Jack Nicklaus. He has defined the sport of golf for six decades as the most prolific champion, designer, philanthropist and goodwill ambassador. With Jack Nicklaus wines, he has brought this commitment and passion to his private hobby, wine. View all Jack Nicklaus 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.