Rivers-Marie Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Price: $109.00
Item No. 130933
  • WS95
  • V95
Style: Big & Bold

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.

Winemaker's Notes

Our part of the Panek site is a 2.5 acre parcel just north of Turley Winery and just south of Aida Vineyard in St Helena. It's old riverbed ground so it drains well with a strong streak of gravel shot through the black, loamy soil. The 2009 bottling consists of equal parts clones 6 and 7. This is the most classic of our three wines in this release. The pure fruit driven nose consists of sweet tobacco, purple fruits, white flowers and blackcurrants. The clone 7 component in the wine definitely adds this fruit sweetness which is in turn buffered by the more structured, higher acid, soil driven elements of the 6. Clone 6 on the valley floor can act a bit like a hillside addition with its tiny berries and thick skins and in this wine it makes for an interesting texture. The mineral notes that frame the finish give the wine length with just enough apparent acidity to add freshness.

Critical Acclaim

"A gorgeous, graceful effort, rich, smooth and layered, showing complex spice, dark berry and floral scents, with a long, supple and focused finish and silky smooth tannins."
95 Points

"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard is graced with exquisite finesse and silkiness in its red fruit and sweet tannin. Layers of seamless fruit caress the palate in this stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 Panek is subtle, understated and totally classy. The Panek is clone 6 and 7 Cabernet, aged in 80% new barrels."
95 Points

Learn 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...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(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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