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Agharta Mountain Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Dense, lush and concentrated aromas and flavors of mountain fruit, spice, tiny berries and forest floor. Concentrated and full with the firm flavors of mountain grown Cabernet, this wine is clearly more about the purity of this exceptional site, rather than being a flashy extract and oak bomb. Ready to drink now, the supple mountain tannins will hold up to the most decadent piece of red meat and preserve the freshness of this wine for years to come in your cellar, if you can keep your hands off a few to lay down.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Far better is the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Terraces Vineyard from Sonoma. The wine’s deep ruby/purple color is followed by a medium-bodied wine with lots of black currant fruit, no vegetal undertones, an earthy character, and a pure, moderately rich finish.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Pure, rich and layered, with complex plum, licorice, blackberry, cedar and graphite notes. This is both powerful and graceful, offering a long, dense, layered finish. Drink now through 2028.
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Agharta, Sonoma County, California
"Agharta Wines is the continuation of a project that I began in 2002. Utilizing the lowest yielding vineyards that produce the most intensely concentrated wines and age them in barrel until they ‘unfold’ and start to reveal secondary nuance. This process is unsettling at times as the wines could prove to need many years to mature and evolve in barrel until I feel they are ready to be bottled." ~Pax Mahle

Sonoma County

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) 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 is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile 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 profiling 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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