World's End If Six Was Nine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Filled with floral, herbal, black raspberry, coffee and brown sugar aromas. If Six Was Nine is World's End take on a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon varietal wine. However, as they come from Bordeaux they find it difficult to live with just one variety! So they blend in a little Merlot to help the middle palate and Cabernet Franc to provide just that extra bit of lift.
Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot.
Wine Enthusiast - "A brooding Cabernet full of green and black olive, velvety cassis and cinnamon spice, this is ready to enjoy now. A juicy red, it has resolved tannins and a lingering taste of tobacco. Power and finesse are here, along with smoky minerality and savory fruit. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon If Six Was Nine is another excellent effort made from 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet perfume of licorice, cedar and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, rich and textured with graphite and charcoal making an appearance in the flavors, this full throttle, impressive Cabernet can be drunk now and over the next 15 years."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red-ruby. Aromas of cassis, blackberry, dark chocolate, menthol and licorice are lifted by a floral nuance. Dense and concentrated but juicy too, with lovely vinosity and depth to the seamless cassis and spice flavors. Very ripe without going over the top. Finishes with good breadth, a suggestion of medicinal reserve and broad, firm tannins. "
James Suckling - "A delicate, fruity cabernet with plum and berry character, a medium body and a soft tannin structure. From the owner of Bordeaux's Château Teyssier."
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World's End Winery
Described by Robert Parker as a 'visionary, self-styled revolutionary' and the 'English winemaking guru,' Jonathan Maltus cut his teeth in the fine wine business during the 'garage revolution' in Saint Emilion, France during the 1990's. Chateau Teyssier, a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Estate, has expanded from 14 to 125 acres, into one of the main players of Saint Emilion (capturing three 5 Stars from Decanter with the 2010 vintage – including its flagship wine, Le Dôme). View all World's End 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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1 rating, 1 with reviewRon Blachman - Berkeley, CA56/21/2014
Big and well made the wine is deep purple-red, full bodied with a nice medium-sized nose of dark fruit, a touch of wood and berries. This is in the California style with fruit predominating over acid. There is enough tannin to hold for a while but not too much to drink now. I don't think there's enough acid for transformative ageing or to carry the wine past about 2024. Still it is lush and mouth-filling. You can probably do nearly as well for less money but this wine is a pleasure to drink and a source of pride to serve to others.Related Products
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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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