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The Vineyard House Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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0% ABV
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  • TP95
  • W&S92
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Winemaker Notes

The 2009 Vineyard House Wine is a velvety, licorice and leather filled Cabernet Sauvignon with just a touch of earthy Petit Verdot and Malbec to round out the flavors of the Napa Valley fruit sourced primarily from vineyards in Oakville and St. Helena.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
How this Cabernet-based Bordeaux blend manages to be softly delicious, yet structurally brilliant is its mystery and art. The winemaker took grapes from St. Helena, Howell Mountain, Rutherford and Yountville and blended them seamlessly. It’s one of the most opulent wines of the vintage with blackberry, currant and mineral flavors set like jewels in a crown of tannins.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Intense and vibrant, with expressive red and dark berry, spice, raspberry and licorice scents that fan out on the palate, picking up a hint of espresso and ending with firm, ripe tannins. Drink now through 2023
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The Vineyard House

The Vineyard House

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The Vineyard House, Napa Valley, California
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The Vineyard House (TVH) is an exceptional and rare Cabernet Sauvignon created by proprietor Jeremy Nickel as a tribute to his late father Gil Nickel, founder of three of Napa’s most acclaimed wineries: Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, and Dolce.

TVH gets its name from a charming little farmhouse situated in a picturesque valley in Oakville, California. Known as The Vineyard House, the home was built in 1853 by William Baldridge, one of Napa's most prominent citizens in the 19th century. It was bestowed to Jeremy by Gil when he passed away in 2003.

TVH has received great reviews from wine publications and master sommeliers. Jeremy is proud to continue the family tradition of great winemaking. Here's to the things we do in our lives that would make our fathers proud!

Napa Valley

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of 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 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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