2009 Sbragia "Cimarossa Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1115650 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An implosive deep wine, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard boasts considerable energy, but here there is more than enough fruit to nearly cover the Howell Mountain tannins. Sweet red berries, freshly cut flowers, mocha, chocolate and sweet spices all come to life in a wine that is surprisingly polished, suave and complete. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.  (12/2012)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good ruby-red. Black cherry and licorice on the nose. Rich and strong but showing much less early sweetness than the Rancho del Oso bottling, with a strong red soil minerality giving shape to the dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with a major mouthful of tannins and a slight dryness. Perhaps in an awkward stage today.  (5/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Very dense and chewy, with a charry edge to the dark berry, graphite, cedar and crushed rock notes. Tannic from start to finish, but like many Sbragia Cabernets, this starts to sing on the finish, and should do so. Best from 2014 through 2028.  (10/2012)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2013 | Send Email
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Wow! The nose of the 2009 Sbragia “Cimarossa Vineyard” Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely intoxicating, with aromas of fresh-picked blackberries, dark chocolate and subtle herb notes. The palate is a beautiful mix of black plum, spice-cake, blackberry, bittersweet chocolate and earth notes. The finish is long and supple with good energy and verve as the wine slowly fades away. This is a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon that will surely please anyone who tastes it.
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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.