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Oakville Winegrowers Association Oakville Cuvee (3 Liter Bottle) 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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Winemaker Notes

Each year, vintner members of the Oakville Winegrowers Association contribute small lots of their prestigious Cabernet Sauvignon to create a unique wine that reflects the essence of the Oakville appellation. The Cuveé offers the collector an extraordinary opportunity to experience the best of Napa Valley’s premiere growing region. There is no other wine that equally represents the spirit of an appellation and the camaraderie of its vintners. Each bottle is etched and numbered, a beautiful and rare addition to any wine cellar.

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The 2013 Oakville Winegrowers Cabernet Sauvignon is amazing. It starts with a beautiful aroma of red and black currants that seems quiet and unassuming at first. With aeration, the wine evolves and picks up complex elements of Earl Grey tea and violets. As the wine settles onto the palate, notes of earth and mineral reveal the wine's sense of place. In the end, a light touch of oak and sweet tannins remind me how youthful the wine really is; this wine requires time in the bottle to reach its ideal crescendo of flavors. Perhaps these intriguing nuances and long-term aging potential are part of what makes the Oakville AVA is so extraordinary? While each of the 16 Napa Valley AVAs has something unique to offer, Oakville might possibly exhibit the greatest balance of bold ripe fruits, delicate aromatics, and chalky accents. The overall completeness of this wine suggests that it will benefit from a good decade or more of aging in the cellar. (Tasted: February 10, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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Oakville Winegrowers Association

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Oakville Winegrowers Association, Oakville, Napa Valley, California
Each year since 2005, the acclaimed member wineries of the Oakville Winegrowers Association have contributed small lots of their finest Cabernet Sauvignon to blend a micro-production of 50 double magnums and 100 magnums of the the Oakville Cuvee. The Cuveé offers the collector an extraordinary opportunity to experience the best of Napa Valley’s premiere growing region. There is no other wine that equally represents the spirit of an appellation and the camaraderie of its vintners. Each bottle is etched and numbered, a beautiful and rare addition to any wine cellar.

Oakville

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Home to some of the most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon in America, Napa Valley’s Oakville district stretches across the center of Napa's valley floor and foothills between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. This AVA is home to the legendary To Kalon Vineyard and Martha's Vineyard, as well as many powerhouse wineries including Screaming Eagle, Silver Oak, Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Far Niente and Groth.

The climate is generally warm and agreeable. Summer days see a gentle tug of war between warmer inland air and the cool air coming in from the San Pablo Bay. The diverse soils, namely ancient sea bedrock, clay and gravel, are well-drained, resulting in year after year of favorable vintages.

Cabernet here is often bottled varietally but is also popular in Bordeaux blends. Oakville wines are known for their silky, sensual textures, structured tannins, dark and brooding fruit and lovely aromatics. These age-worthy and prestigious wines are favored by collectors throughout the world.

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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