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Herencia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon from Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California
  • WE91
  • TP91
14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The wine exhibits sweet currant and blackberry aromas with black pepper, anise, toasted oak and notes of molasses. On the palate, flavors of black plum and Bing cherry complement flavors of expresso bean and wet stones. This is a structured wine with excellent depth, flavor and personality.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
From the eastern-reaching Chiles Valley appellation, the vines planted in 1975, this is a soft, juicy and well-made wine, blended with 3% Merlot. Red and black berry star, complemented by a treasure trove of clove. Grippy on the finish, it should cellar well, a robust, full-bodied wine that finishes with a taste of coffee.
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TP 91
Tasting Panel
Smooth and rich with ripe plum, cassis and spice; lush, mellow and velvety, long and dense.
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Herencia

Herencia Del Valle

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Herencia Del Valle, Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California
With over seven decades of wine grape farming in the Napa Valley combined, the Herrera and Renteria families have a fundamental respect and love for their Herencia (Heritage in Spanish).

They are a wine grape growing family with a cumulative collection of wisdom passed down from generation to generation. Herencia Del Valle is located in the Napa Valley and is the product of their families combined values and traditions.

The Herencia Del Valle family consists of husband Guillermo Herrera and his wife Angelica Renteria Herrera along with Luis Renteria (Angelica’s father). Herencia Del Valle Wines in Napa Valley infuses their knowledge, passion, and family traditions into their grape growing and wine making practices.

Each bottle of their wine has been carefully crafted to reflect the depth, flavor and personality of the terroir. It is the hard work in the vineyard as well as using only the highest quality grapes that exemplify the fruits of their labor. It’s their Herencia (Heritage) in a bottle.

Chiles Valley

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Nestled in the Vaca Mountains on the northeast side of Napa Valley, Chiles Valley is one of the cooler Napa subregions with vineyards at about 600 to 1,200 feet in elevation. The region is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon blanc.

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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