2009 Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1069087 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Even better is the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. There are 100,000 cases of this 100% Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that is a tribute to Alex Cose’s winemaking skills as well as his ability to access good fruit. A dense plum/ruby color is followed by a wine with serious ripeness, supple, velvety tannins, abundant black currant, cedar and spice box notes, medium-bodied flavors and surprising texture and length. Drink this amazing offering over the next 4-5 years. Avalon’s wines are well-worth seeking out given their amazingly low prices.  (8/2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 Tons of ripe, jammy blackberry, blueberry and milk chocolate flavors in this softly sweet Cabernet. For under 20 bucks, it impresses for audacious richness.  (12/2011)

K&L Notes

A Top Value! If you're looking for an everyday Cab, you won't want to miss the 2009 Avalon from Napa Valley. Lower in alcohol than a lot of wines in this price point, the Avalon balances deep blackberry and currant fruit with nice breadth on the palate and well-integrated oak spice on the finish. Ready to drink whenever you're ready to drink it.

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2011 | Send Email
Sometimes it’s just too easy; sometimes wines just have a way of jumping in our customer’s hands all too often. The 2009 Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is one of those wines. In fact it has been one of those wines for a number of consecutive vintages now. I was reminded recently of the reason why when I poured this wine in a recent Saturday tasting in the Redwood City store. It is frickin’ good! Like ice cream on a warm summer day good, like peanut butter and chocolate good. Sure, it is no Screaming Eagle, but this is rock solid affordable Cabernet for just over $10 a bottle sourced from vineyards through out the sub-appellations of the Napa Valley. Round, confectionary flavors dominate the wine with surprising polish for a wine of this ilk. Chocolate covered cherries, a touch of ground cinnamon, molasses and crème brûlée flavors combine for one tasty, juicy effort. The best part about all of this though is that it also has some seriousness and structure, finishing dry and with good melty yet holding tannins. Surely a wine that is always good to have a few bottles lying on hand.

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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 Médoc 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.