Vine Cliff Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Strikingly layered aromas of mocha, cassis, anise, black currants, blueberry and black cherry. Palate: Flavors of blackberry jam and boysenberry, with silken tannins and an elegant finish.
Great with grilled meats, game or on its own.
Wine Enthusiast - "This wine is always impressive, but its degree of greatness is vintage driven, suggesting its extreme sensitivity to the Oakville terroir. The 2009 is ageable and concentrated, better than the 2008 but falling short of the 2007, which approached perfection. Dry and tannic, it's rich in blackberries, black currants and dark chocolate flavors. The long, spicy finish only hints at the intensity. Hold until 2015, and it should have a long life for many years beyond."
Vine Cliff Winery
Nestled in a quiet canyon above the Silverado Trail in the world famous Napa Valley stand the breathtaking vineyards of Vine Cliff Winery. Known for rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignons from the treasured Oakville Appellation and bold Chardonnays from the acclaimed Carneros District, Vine Cliff Winery prides itself on small lots of intensely flavored, hand-made wines. View all Vine Cliff Winery Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
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.
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