2010 Jack Brooks Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1124330 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This juicy, fruit-driven 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Jack Brooks lacks complexity, but it reveals copious quantities of black currants and dusty, loamy soil notes in a medium-bodied, pure, fruity style. It should hold nicely for up to a decade.  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

A boutique production of only 100 cases, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon bottling from Jack Brooks Vineyard was sourced from their dry-farmed vineyard in Calistoga. The unique characteristics of the vineyard site show through in this concentrated and generous Cabernet, as enabled by the strict control of the vineyard and minimalist winemaking. After hand-harvesting and small-lot fermentation, the wine was aged for 22 months in 2/3 new French oak. From the winery: "It has a clean, brilliant ruby red color with aromatics of deep, dark fruits of dried plum, black currant and brandied cherries. A beautiful and subtle layer of fresh cracked pepper, violets and rosemary help create complexity and balance. On the palate, the mouthfeel is lush with integrated tannins that soften as the wine develops. The 2010 shows significant depth of perfectly ripe blackberry, black licorice, with an acid and tannin structure bringing harmony to the finish. This wine is a pleasure to enjoy right now and will age gracefully for many years to come."

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2013 | Send Email
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Fans of ripe, and fleshy Cabernet will love this one! Aromas of black cherries and currants jump from the glass. The mid palate is full and fleshy with hints of toasty oak, chocolate and spice. Really delicious!

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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 (%): 14.2