2010 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1123656 96 points Wine Spectator

 *#9 on Top 100 Wines of 2013* Lewis Cellars favors full-throttle Cabernet, yet for all their density and depth of flavor, the wines are graceful and refined, balancing size and elegance. Lewis harvests Cabernet from a collection of hillside and benchland vineyards in the Napa Valley subappellations of Calistoga, Rutherford and Oak Knoll, and the winemaking team selects the best lots for the Reserve. A blend of 98 percent Cabernet and 2 percent Petit Verdot, it aged 20 months in new French oak. Bold, rich and complex, yet delicate and graceful, featuring finely detailed currant, dark berry and licorice notes, with jazzy spice and mocha-scented oak leading to a long, firming finish that gains depth and dimension. Drink now through 2026. (Insider, 07/2013)  (7/ 2013)

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By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/1/2013  | Send Email
The blackberry fruit, pencil lead shavings, spicy oak and mineral laced finish strikes me as a Napa version of a Pauillac. This is concentrated and silky sleek with a loamy, ash quality and super integrated tannins. The obvious restraint on the 2010 version of this fantastic wine only highlights the sense of equilibrium on this blockbuster. This is unusually approachable for a young Lewis Reserve probably due to the impeccable balance.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2013  | Send Email
'Exhibiting a delicate, caressive nature imbued with nuances of freshly picked spring flow...' oops, wrong wine. Let's start over. Randy Lewis approaches winemaking with the same all-consuming focus and intense energy that he displayed on the racing circuit, a formula that has won him many accolades and serious attention from both critics and devoted lovers of his wines. And the 2010 Reserve Cabernet doesn't hold anything back: a sensual, profoundly hedonistic wine, loaded with saturated black plums,cassis, sweet,spicy oak and licorice, with a bit of road tar, mint and cigar leaf thrown in for good measure. Powerful, voluptuous, dense and delicious, this extroverted wine will rock you, guaranteed.

By: Michael Jordan |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2013  | Send Email
A powerhouse of a wine. Dark fruit, plenty of new oak and vanilla nicely integrated with chocolate,licorice,tobacco and mint. You know this baby is all Napa Valley. Tannins are well integrated and the wine is approachable after an hour or so decanted. Surely to last at least 5-10 years.

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2013  | Send Email
The 2010 Lewis Reserve shows aromas of crème de cassis, vanilla, mint and black cherry, which knock you over the head even before you take your first sip. Even though the nose leads you to believe this is an open knit, extracted wine, the fact is this is a big, sturdy, serious Cabernet that shows lots of tannin. The tannins are ripe and integrated and the wine is balanced yet tight. Holding this wine in a cellar for 5-10 years would be ideal, but decanting will help for the immediate consumers. Always one of my favorite Cabs!

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2013  | Send Email
When you pour this wine in your glass, it looks distinctly of classic Napa Cabernet with its ultra dark richly colored hues of black, purple, and violet. The first aromatics I get without even swirling jump out at me from the glass of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs even, with espresso, tobacco, cigar, and currant. This is a monster, but a lovely one. With its powerful weight and dense mouthfeel, but a surprisingly structured backbone to it. I can tell they spared no expense in making this wine. Super polished and superbly fine tannins on the finish. All my mouth can say is "WoW" give me MORE!!!

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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:

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.