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Richard Partridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Winemaker Notes

Aromas of caramel and oak toast dominate. The flavors are where this wine shines. Dark cherry, briar, mulberry, mocha and sweet oak are seamlessly intertwined. The finish is smooth, focused and extremely long allowing all these flavors to blend on the palate.

Critical Acclaim

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Wine Spectator
A well-proportioned blend of rich, fleshy currant and black cherry fruit, with hints of anise, mocha, cedar and tobacco, with a long, complex aftertaste that reveals extra depth and flavor dimensions.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The tasty 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon offers plenty of herb-infused, black currant, spicy oak, and chocolate notes. With an excellent texture as well as a spicy, oaky, dense finish, it is a hedonistic red...
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Richard Partridge

Richard Partridge

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Richard Partridge, Napa Valley, California
2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
Richard Partridge Wines is a small family owned winery in the Napa Valley with just around 1,000 cases of Chardonnay and Cabernet produced each year. The low production and small operation keeps them from many mass marketing techniques, and it means they have to have a big story, luckily they do! Richard grew up around soybeans and wheat on the farms of Indiana, a far cry from the crops he would someday be cultivating. As an electrical engineer in Illinois he met his wife, Cris, and they soon moved to southern California to start up their own company, R.F. Partridge & Associates, Inc., which supplies large electrical generators and other backup power utilities to data centers, hospitals, military bases, and other large entities. From his experience, you could say Richard knows how to bring the power!

With their home in Orange County and a passion for visits to the Napa Valley, Cris and Richard decided to buy property in Napa. The rest, you could say, is history. A chance introduction to Bob Egelhoff began a winemaking relationship built on teamwork and creating the best possible wine from the best fruit in the Valley. Bob’s experience led to the premiere release, 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, garnering the second highest rating for a '98 Napa Valley Cab from James Laube. They knew Richard had brought the power once again!

They want their label to continue to represent quality, and by keeping production small they can continue to keep their eye on every part of the winemaking process, from grape growing to seeing our bottles on the shelf!

Napa Valley

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism, the Napa Valley is the AVA that brought worldwide recognition to California winemaking. 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.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two are St.-Helena and the valley's newest 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 District, and Mt. Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin, and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice, and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb, and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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