2010 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

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Bottled under the Olema label by Amici Cellars, this Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from vineyards in Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. The overall cooler growing season in 2010 in these otherwise warm appelations contributed to make a structured wine with moderate alcohol. The fruit flavors are developed and well balanced without being jammy or confected. An inclusion of 7% Merlot serves to add a textured mouthfeel and the wine spent 16 months in 30% new French oak. From winemaker Joel Aiken: "This polished Cabernet Sauvignon displays complex aromas of black cherry, cedar and espresso followed by dark berry fruit, spice and mocha flavors. It is full-bodied with smooth tannins and a wonderful, lingering finish."

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2013 | Send Email
The 2010 Olema Cabernet from Amici Cellars is one of the best deals to date for classic California Cab. I just tasted the 2010 in Napa with the folks from Amici and it's really showing the strongest it's ever been. Super user-friendly with its juicy but not too over-ripe mid-palate, keeping up with the integrated tannins and balanced acid keeping it finessed and elegant, but bold at the same time. Gorgeous deep purple/ruby color with great viscosity and depth. This will keep everyone at your dinner table happy for sure!

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/26/2012 | Send Email
Bang for your buck wines! Olema does not disappoint! Great fruit dark berry, complex aromas, and beautifully smooth tannins. For under twenty this finish keeps going. Wonderful expression of Cabernet for our fair state.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2012 | Send Email
A Cab for those looking for a step up from the everyday, but still afordable and with a great pedigree...

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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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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2