2009 Foxglove Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

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Antonio Galloni raves about the 2009 Foxglove Cab for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, saying: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a huge, unoaked wine bursting with dark red fruit, sweet flower, spices, leather and licorice. The Cabernet Sauvignon saw no oak at all; the richness comes just from the intensity of the fruit. This is one of the very finest wines being made from Paso Robles fruit, and I say that after having tasted over 500 wines from Paso recently. Frankly, it puts most of what is being made in Paso in this price point to shame. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. I was blown away by the two wines I tasted from Foxglove, Bob and Jim Varner’s negociant label. The Varners clearly have the magic touch. These are among the finest values readers will find anywhere in the world." (08/11)

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/15/2011  | Send Email
The Varner Brothers are wizards; in fact I wouldn’t be surprised at all one day if they both walked in decked in robes, sporting staffs in hand. They continuously come up with fantastic sources of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon for their Foxglove series of wines. They scour vineyards to find new yet-to-be-known sites, sign long-term contracts when able and farm the vineyards to their specifications as much as possible. In other words this label is not an afterthought behind their prestigious Varner label, but a sibling that garners just as much attention and care. The 2009 Foxglove Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect example of how wildly drinkable yet markedly balanced their wines are in this series. With bolstered aromas of freshly dried tobacco, licorice ropes and wild berry this shows the ripeness of the region but the varietal correctness their wines always exhibit. Silky on the palate this has plenty of crunchy, fresh red currant fruit, mocha, a return of the tobacco found on the nose, menthol and super fine tannins to put a shiny bow on the already pretty package. Kudos to the Varner Brothers for knocking another one out of the park!

 By: Paul Gibson |  Review Date: 2/4/2012 
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A bit of structure, lots of blackberry fruit. Has some tannin behind it.

 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 10/5/2011 
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When first opened, this wine was tannic and bitter, with little spices or licorice and even less sweet flowers. The second night from a previously opened bottle it seemed to open up a bit, with hints of tobacco and saddle leather. I wouldn't call it balanced, but it's a serious wine for the price.
Drink from 2011 to 2013

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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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.7