2010 Oberon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1115830 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another winner is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with other Bordeaux varietals, it offers up notes of black currants, vanilla, tobacco leaf, cedar and spice box. Ripe, rich and medium-bodied, with loads of fruit and a heady finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years.  (10/2012)

K&L Notes

Oberon sourced grapes for their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon bottling from select vineyards across the Napa Valley. Fruit from both volcanic hillside sites and alluvial valley sites impart an equilibrium that includes the terroirs of Rutherford, Oak Knoll, and Oberon's estate Oso Vineyard in the northeastern end of the valley. However, it is the winemaking that is perhaps the most impressive feature at this price level. The grapes were hand-harvested and the wine aged for 18 months in 47% new French oak, which is unheard of for under $20 for a Napa Valley Cabernet. Even machine-harvested Cabernet aged in old (and non-French) barrels typically costs more if it reads "Napa" on the label. This bottling has not gone unrecognised, as it was the top-rated Cabernet in Robert Parker's "California Values" feature published in Wine Advocate in October, 2012.

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2013 | Send Email
I love it when wine comes across my desk that is just a complete slam dunk. Wine that no matter how much you want to dissect it, pick it apart, trash it and hold it to any and all of your preconceived standards just passes all tests with flying colors. The 2010 Oberon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is exactly one of these wines. Made by the Michael Mondavi Family of wines this label has been kicking out some of the best value cab coming out of Napa for the last decade. The good news is that we finally were offered a price where we could be competitive with some of the big boys out there that have championed this wine for years. Open and giving at every point this wine is packed full of ripe, but never sweet, cassis, boysenberry, vanilla and espresso flavors and has a soft supple and caressing feel. While this is not the biggest of Napa Cabs it does have all the hallmarks of Napa Cab: sweet, toasty oak, velvety finishing tannins and a round, mouth filling texture. This is a wine that is drinking perfectly right now and is built for early term consumption. No need to decant or hold onto this just pop the cork and go, and at $18.99 it will be easy to keep passing “go” time and time again.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.7