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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.
Opaque ruby red core, with an intense nose of cocoa, red currants, blackberries and medjool dates. High tone notes of caramel complement a dark mineral underscore. On the palate, black cherry, dark chocolate, cedar and cinnamon explode with a dense, full mouthfeel. Elegant, velvety tannins are balanced by medium plus acidity, and rounded out by an extra long finish of sweet baking spices and dark fruit.
"This wine has matured beautifully and seems to be close to that plateau where all the component parts have melded together, in this case rather effortlessly. Vinified and brought up by French winemaking consultant Philippe Melka, this wine, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from their (at the time) tiny six-acre vineyard, produced less than 300 cases. Notes of charcoal, graphite, black currants, tobacco leaf and forest floor are all present in its complex aromatics. The color is a healthy dense ruby/purple and the wine medium to full-bodied, with beautiful intensity, purity and balance. This beauty, which is more in the elegant, feminine school of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon."
The Wine Advocate
"Ruby-red. Aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, licorice and menthol. Lush, creamy and sweet, with harmonious acidity giving definition to the dense cassis and blackberry flavors. Finishes with serious, rich but fine tannins that arrive late. Only 275 cases were produced in 2002, as winemaker Philippe Melka was not thrilled with one of the lots of cabernet sauvignon. Beginning in 2004, this wine will include some cabernet franc, which was recently planted on warm soil at the top of the property, with a northern exposure. "
International Wine Cellar
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...Read More About Napa Valley
(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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