Liparita Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
On the nose, Liparita Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon shows notes of red cherry, pomegranate, licorice, and berry. The taste is Oakville Cabernet at its best with allspice and black pepper with a long and lush finish of vanilla and fruit.
Wine Enthusiast - "A beautiful Cabernet, showing classic Oakville ripeness in its flavors of black and red berry, currant and spice. There’s also a fine, tangy note of green olive that brings an earthiness to the fruit. The structure is seamless, the tannins smooth and flashy."
Liparita Cellars was established in the early 1980s on Howell Mountain by owner Bob Burrows and winemaker and vineyardist Gove Celio. When the original vineyard was planted back in the late 1800s, it was named Liparita, or "little Lipari" because of the tremendous similarity between the red and white soils of Howell Mountain and those of the volcanic Lipari Islands off the coast of Sicily. Liparita's wines are still created using fruit from some of the most unique and exciting vineyards in the Napa Valley. Liparita Cellars plans to produce 10,000 case of wine - 4500 of Cabernet Sauvignon, 3500 Merlot and approximately 1000 cases each of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. View all Liparita 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 & 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.
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