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Wine Spots Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    14.5% ABV
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    4.3 10 Ratings
    14.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The 2011 Wine Spots Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is supple and elegant, offering a rich array of cherry, currant, blackberry, cedar and chocolate notes. Aged in French oak to bring out balanced, silky tannins.

    Food Pairings Enjoy with heavy dishes like roast beef, grilled steak, hearty meat stews and hard cheeses.

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    Wine Spots, Napa Valley, California
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    Wine Spots Wines was inspired by Daniel LeFrancois’s travels throughout the world. While backpacking through France, Daniel was enjoying a glass of wine at a café near Montmartre in Paris, contemplating his next adventure, when he spilled a drop of wine onto his map, landing next to Saint-Émilion. This inspired him to continue his journey to Bordeaux and ignited his love of wine. That "spot" on the map became a treasured souvenir, one that would remind him of all the great moments he experienced on that trip. As Daniel became more involved in the world of wine, he reflected upon his years of traveling and found himself remembering the wines he enjoyed on his adventures. When his dream of crafting his own wines became a reality, Daniel knew that he wanted his wines to combine his passion for wine and travel.

    Thus was born Wine Spots, a collection of wines that explores the finest wine regions around the world. Daniel works with some of the best vineyards and top winemakers to produce wines that capture the distinctive qualities and terroir that define these regions. Explore California through our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Carneros Pinot Noir, and Monterey Chardonnay, then journey to Australia, France, and beyond…

    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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