2009 Urbanite Cellars "Amplio" California Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1060775

Luis Moya of Vinos Unico keeps making wine under his Urbanite Cellars label that wows us, first for its quality and second for its affordability. The Amplio is a California Cab like you've never seen, medium-bodied but complex, balanced and fresh with tons of jammy fruit and sweet oak at this price point.

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By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/3/2011  | Send Email
Here is ane easy-drinking Cab that is perfect for the dinner table, all occasions. Burgers, pizza, pasta...I don't say this often, but: buy by the case!

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/18/2011  | Send Email
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Urbanite makes tasty california wines for a fair price. Amplio is exactly this - a juicy, rich everyday cabernet for a very affordable price.
Top Value! Drink from 2011 to 2013

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/12/2011  | Send Email
A delicious, easy drinking Cab that won't break the bank. Fruity and generous, with no astringent tannins or hard edges. This is a side project of a very well respected Spanish and Portugese wine importer, and you get a hint of old world leanings in this wine. Enjoy. CM

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/29/2010  | Send Email
This years Amplio is right in line with past vintages, great wine for the price. Rich red fruit pairs with luscious vanilla, the Cab structure is not lost, keeping it alive and bright on the palate. This much complexity and flavor at this price point makes this wine a solid buy.

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/25/2010  | Send Email
I tend to shy away from those over-the-top, high alcohol, heavily oaked domestic wines, regardless of how many points they are awarded. And that's why I enjoyed this Cabernet. It drinks so well with food or simply by itself upon arriving home from work.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2010  | Send Email
The new vintage of this wine has arrived just as the last vintage is selling out. The good news is that this version seems both richer and more elegant than in the past. Lovers of balanced CA Cabernet that is affordable take note.

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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.