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Armanino The Pointer Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Winemaker Notes

A deep, dark black ink color with touches of Ferrari red. On the nose, spices like thyme and rosemary with blueberry, blackberry and cedar wood with hints of hibiscus, soap and plums. This is a very big, bold fruit driven wine with flavors of black currant and blackberry jam evolving on fresh fruit like cherry and strawberry.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon The Pointer is another endearing, impressively pure, blueberry, blackberry and black raspberry-scented effort. A hint of earth also appears in the background, but fruit clearly dominates this saturated blue/purple-colored wine. Juicy, full-bodied, exuberant and flamboyant with impressive purity as well as texture, this beauty will be even better with 2-3 more years of cellaring. It should last for 12-15 years. Both of these 2010s should drink well for 10-15 years.
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Armanino Family Cellars

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Armanino Family Cellars, Napa Valley, California
Armanino Family Cellars is comprised of a father and his sons who share a passion for wine, love of the outdoors and most of all, a devotion to family. With the wine making leadership of Jean Hoefliger, they are dedicated to creating first-class wines from premium vineyards that stand out from the crowd.

Our wines reflect our appreciation of outdoor sportsmanship and the enjoyment of sharing a special bottle of wine together. We are proud to have these extremely limited production wines carry our family name, and we invite you to share in our passion.

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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