2004 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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After giving the 2004 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon an additional year and half of bottle age, winemaker Jeff Hansen finally decided to release this exceptional wine in October, 2008. And, the additional time really helped, allowing this rich puppy to evolve and open up to show its true depth of character. Deeply colored, the nose is loaded with cassis, currants, blackberries and espresso notes, which is underscored by mild toasty tones. In the mouth, you will be treated to an expansive, hugely complex, multi-dimensional cabernet, with well-integrated, silky tannins, tons of structure and a finish that refuses to quit. Although, with airing, you will be able to enjoy this Gem near-term, it will easily age 7- to 12-plus years. This is probably the best valued cabernet on the market. (Jim Barr, K&L Wine Merchants)

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/14/2011  | Send Email
This is a big, round, mouth filling and juicy California treat. It has some bottle age that softed the edges and help to make this a wonderful new world Cabernet. The 2004 Amici will go great with Steak or other red meats.

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/24/2010  | Send Email
Napa Cab to be sure, this wine expresses the true characteristics of what a Napa wine is supposed to taste like. Warm notes of coffee and black berries back up brighter tones of cherry and spice. A wine for drinkers of all levels, quite the crowd pleaser.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/13/2009  | Send Email
Whether you are looking for an outstanding Napa Cabernet to give as a gift to a connoisseur friend, to share with someone whom you know loves good red wine, to give to yourself as a treat to have with dinner, or to just set aside in the cellar for later rewards, look no further than the 2004 Amici. It is amazing how much depth and complexity there is to this humbly priced Napa Cab - deep core of black fruit, firm yet well-integrated tannins, long, lifted finish...it begs for steak now and will be even better later. Cheers.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/4/2009  | Send Email
After giving the 2004 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon an additional year and half of bottle age, winemaker Jeff Hansen finally decided to release this exceptional wine in October, 2008. And, the additional time really helped, allowing this rich puppy to evolve and open up to show its true depth of character. Deeply colored, the nose is loaded with cassis, currants, blackberries and espresso notes, which is underscored by mild toasty tones. In the mouth, you will be treated to an expansive, hugely complex, multi-dimensional cabernet, with well-integrated, silky tannins, tons of structure and a finish that refuses to quit. Although, with airing, you will be able to enjoy this Gem near-term, it will easily age 7- to 12-plus years. This is probably the best valued cabernet on the market.
Drink from 2009 to 2020

 By: Stuart Wilks |  Review Date: 4/16/2011 
I drank this cab last night paired with steak. Concur to all the reviews. Delicious and drinking well now.

 By: Mary Medina |  Review Date: 8/31/2010 
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Absolutely loved this cabernet. It was nicely balanced in fruit and was smooth with a lingering finish.

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Varietal:

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.
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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.
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California

- 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 (%): 13.4