The Vineyard House Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Wine Style Guide
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.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
Big, ripe and full bodied, exemplary of the 2008 vintage. Velvety texture, layered finish. Note of cassis and blueberry, with hints of dry herbs and sweet oak.
"You want soft, cult-style, wildly delicious Napa Cabernet? Here it is. The personal vision of Jeremy Nickel, of the Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel dynasty, this is a rich and delicious in blackberry compote, black currant, chocolate, anise and sweet oak flavors. Blended with a few drops of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this bottling now establishes itself at the forefront of Napa's most important Cabernets."
"Barrel aging for 32 months in French oak and bottle aged for an additional eight months, this big tobacco-drenched Cab goes into blackberry espresso mode as it goes zero to full body in seconds. Dried smashed rhubarb makes tannins seem chewier as black pepper sneaks up on the blacker fruit. Burnt sugar and cherry pie (including the bitter pits) keeps it appealing to the sassy end.
"Jeremy Nickel farms close to ten acres in Oakville, near where his late father, Gil, reestablished the Far Niente estate. He presents this wine in a sleek, plump and generous style, the wine's sweet black cherry fruit contrasted by layers of earthiness in the tannins. Firmly concentrated, this feels gracefully rounded and complete, a cabernet balanced for ten years of aging."
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The Vineyard House (TVH) is an exceptional and rare Cabernet Sauvignon created by proprietor Jeremy Nickel as a tribute to his late father Gil Nickel, founder of three of Napa"s most acclaimed wineries: Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, and Dolce.
TVH gets its name from a charming little farmhouse situated in a picturesque valley in Oakville, California. Known as The Vineyard...
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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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(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,...
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