2009 Priest Ranch "Somerston Vineyards" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1112933 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Priest Ranch is quite a bit more powerful and radiant than the 2010, but is also quite reticent today. There is plenty of richness in the glass, but the tannins lack a measure of polish. I am not sure if the 2009 will ever be as elegant as the 2010, but it is almost certain to remain more exuberant in style. Dark red berries, flowers and licorice are all woven into the juicy, expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024  (12/2012)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Very deep with a very precise varietal voice and already showing the loamy and briary complexities expected of good Cabernet, this ripe, but well-polished effort shows a careful winemaking hand. It is a plush and outgoing wine to be sure, and, even if it does not end with a big flourish of tannin, it has nice grip to its finish and will continue to evolve for a decade or more.  (4/2012)

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2013 | Send Email
Two Thumbs Up ! Big ripe fruit, currant, berry, coffee,chocolate and cedar flavors of this Napa Cab are concentrated and rich on the long finish,very user Friendly. Yum

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2013 | Send Email
Here is a big, hearty, rustic bottle for lovers of old school Bordeaux and Northern Rhone wines. This is dark, dense and tarry with a seamless texture to the mid-palate until the deeply embedded tannin scar the long finish. Although full-bodied and hefty this is no fruit bomb and has a reserved yet masculine personality. Hermitage meets St. Julien in Napa.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2013 | Send Email
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I just tasted this today (1/15) and it is very impressive. It had plenty of time to breathe (about five hours) and was rich with dark red and black fruits, toasted oak and anise. It has a fleshy center and a finish that lingers. A great wine to add to your collection, or, if you are going to drink it now, decant it for two hours or so.

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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 (%): 14.9