2005 Ruston Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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90 points Robert Parker: "The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa comes from several Napa vineyard sites, and is blended with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. Its dark ruby/purple color is followed by lovely aromas of sweet black cherries, black currants, flowers, and spice. Rich, medium to full-bodied, nicely layered, and elegant, think of it as a hypothetical Bordeaux/Napa blend. Enjoy it over the next decade. These are all well-made, elegant wines that remain somewhat under consumers- radar, but they are noteworthy for their complexity as well as singular styles." (12/08) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and well-oaked, offering spicy cedar and mocha flavors joining ripe currant and blackberry fruit that's well-centered and balanced, ending with firm ripe tannins and good length. Drink now through 2014. 963 cases made." (05/09) Ruston is consistently a great Napa Valley Cabernet. I have been a huge fan of John's wines for several years now and was wonderfully suprised to learn that we could get the wine at such a stellar price. This a bright, full-bodied, well-balanced Cabernet with spice chocolate and hints of wood. The layers of flavor on the mid-palate are amazing for a $50 bottle, let alone a $20 one. Put this in your cellar for 3 or 4 years if you would like, but buy this wine while you can. You will probably never see as great a value from Napa than this. (Mike Jordan, K&L Wine Merchants)

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By: GZ | Review Date: 1/17/2010
This is a lovely concentrated and structured wine that slowly reveals itself. Initially the tight tannins and oak dominate the aromas and flavors of the wine, but layers of blackberry, black cherry, and spice emerge slowly in the glass. A little patience (or decanting) is rewarding. An amazing value at $20.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8