2010 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1129478 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This classic Napa Cabernet (with a splash of Petit Verdot) is elegant, streamlined and absolutely lovely to drink now. It’s dry and balanced in acidity and tannins, and has rich layers of cassis, mocha, plums and toast.  (2/ 2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The deep ruby/plum/purple-tinged 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers notes of cassis, blueberries, graphite and toasty vanillin. A nicely proportioned, medium to full-bodied, seriously endowed, elegant, restrained wine with admirable purity, it can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years.  (10/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, cassis, licorice, menthol and herbs hint at both syrupy and medicinal elements. Then rather tight in the mouth, with a dusty quality to the rather unyielding raspberry flavor. The granular tannins ultimately parch the palate. Like the Spring Mountain District cabernet, this is carrying a heavy load of oak.  (6/ 2013)

K&L Notes

The 2010 vintage was being called Napa's "European Vintage" even before the grapes were picked. This blend of Cabernet from Rutherford and Yountville, with 2% Petit Verdot, ripened during a long, mild growing season punctuated by a heat spike in late August. Bad news for a lot of Zin, but the Cab took it in stride: "This plush, seductive Cabernet features classic Rutherford Bench flavors of black cherry, cassis and ripe plum layered with subtle notes of licorice and mocha," according to winemaker Joel Aiken's notes. "Beautifully balanced, with smooth, well-integrated tannins and wonderful ripeness, the wine drinks beautifully now but will age gracefully for 8-10 years."

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By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/24/2015  | Send Email
This is drinking beautifully now and will age gracefully over the next 5-10 years as well. No expense spared by the folks at Amici Wines to make the absolute best wines possible for the price! Dark, rich, supple, juicy, with integrated oak and polished tannins on the finish. This is always a staff favorite!

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/20/2015  | Send Email
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I have been a major supporter of the Napa Valley Cabernets coming from Amici Cellars for well over 15 years. The original primary owner/winemaker, who became one of my partners in my Pinot Noir vineyard project in the Anderson Valley in the early 2000s, and the current winemaker (with the same principle original investors of Amici), have made and continue to produce ‘old style’ Napa Valley Cabernets that show incredible balance and structure, yet with richness and depth of flavor without being an in-your-face, jam-y, high alcohol, low acid Cab that are coming from so many Napa Valley producers the last ten years-plus. This 2010 shows a deep ruby color, with an opulent, yet elegant nose of cassis, currents, and black fruits aromas, rounded by a soft cedary oak note. In the mouth, this broad, viscous, richly flavored Gem is balanced, well-integrated, dusty, and is nicely complex, with layers of flavor and character, and has a finish that is long, warm, pronounced, and lasting for at least five to ten minutes. Rusty has informed me that, although this Cabernet Gem is approachable now, we need to lay a few cases into our already crowded, temperature controlled wine cellar for a few more years. This puppy should easily age another ten to twenty years for those of you who are willing to do so, providing that you are under 60 years of age…………… 14.5% ABV
Drink from 2015 to 2030

By: Daniel Maas |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/9/2015  | Send Email
An aptly named wine, as it will be easy to make friends while sharing a bottle of this absolutely gorgeous Napa Cab! From a vintage known for its more restrained style (almost European in nature) this sits nicely between medium and full bodied, and features well integrated tannins amongst black cherry, cassis, tobacco, and licorice. A great addition to any collection (though it is showing beautifully)!

By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/2/2014  | Send Email
Amici is a family-owned winery which produces premium quality wines at really good prices. This Cabernet is sourced mostly from Rutherford and you can taste the dark cherry and the famous "Rutherford dust" in this bottle. One of the long-time staff favorites, and I'm confident to say that this wine will out-perform most of the $50+ Cabernets out in the market!

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/30/2013  | Send Email
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A good follow up to one of my favorite 2009 Napa Cabs. This wine shows the cooler vintage but also this time around the fruit comes from the Rutherford and Yountville valley floor vineyards. This gives it a little more supple tannin and generosity. The wine still has the big concentration balanced with freshness that Amici has been doing so well for a few years now. Great Napa Cab at a fraction of the cost some of the big names charge.
Drink from 2013 to 2020

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2013  | Send Email
Proper Napa Cab. My tasting notes of this read like they were taken right out of what a Rutherford Cab is supposed to taste like; dark blue and black fruits, a dusty earthiness, cassis and sweet oak. This is a very good example of what balanced Cab tastes like, drinkable now, certainly worth drinking over the next 10 years as well.

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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 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.

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 (%): 14.5