2009 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1093157 Wine Spectator

 Firm, concentrated and well-built, with a tight band of cedar, dried berry, black licorice and crushed rock. Ends with good length and depth. Drink now through 2022.  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

The 2009 Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from vineyards on Howell Mountain and in St. Helena. The 2009 vintage presented a perfect summer growing season, but it was October separated the men from the boys at the wineries. Unlike many (and usually more expensive) producers that pushed the hangtime of their grapes, Amici picked their grapes at peak ripeness before torrential rains compromised and diluted many of the neighbors' crops. A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot, this Cabernet can be described as having a nose of blackberry, coffee, and vanilla with a palate showing casiss, caramel, and mocha.

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2013 | Send Email
A plush, highly drinkable cabernet sauvignon from our friends at Amici Cellars. Using fruit from Howell Mountain, winemaker Joel Aiken weaves his magic into this wine. Joel was the winemaker at BV for 36 years, and studied with the late, great André Tchelistcheff. The care and precision of his winemaking skills is quite clear here. Lush red and black fruit, mineral, with fine, well-integrated tannin and balanced acidity. A great small production wine. Thanks, friends!
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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2012 | Send Email
Great wine in a sea of wine. This small Family run winery has long been a favorite of the staff here at K&L. Sometimes forgotten among the deluge of Napa Cab's in the store, this is very well made wine and drinks along with any of the wines fetching a hundred dollars are more. Dark and dense fruit, black berries and blue berries, are envleoped in soft, velvety tannins. Give this wine a try.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2012 | Send Email
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A small boutique producer with an obvious talent for sourcing top grade fruit and crafting it into a very stylish Napa cab. This wine has great aromatics rich with plums, blackcurrant and vanilla on the nose. The palate is equally packed with bright fruit; blackberries, cassis and sweet baking spices. Some coffee or mocha notes on back and savory hints of cedar that help balance the lushness of the fruit. The wine is showing great purity and focus indicative of the ’09 vintage. When you consider this is sourced from top vineyards in St. Helena and Howell Mountain at this price it’s a real steal!

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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.