2009 Sbragia "Rancho del Oso" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1141692 93 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Rancho del Oso Vineyard shows the characteristic salinity and tension of Howell Mountain. Dark red cherries, plums, licorice, mint and grilled herbs are all supported by insistent yet polished tannins. This is a highly intriguing wine. The only question is how long it will take to deliver all the promise that is in the glass.  (10/ 2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 93+ points. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Rancho del Oso Vineyard shows the characteristic salinity and tension of Howell Mountain. Dark red cherries, plums, licorice, mint and grilled herbs are all supported by insistent yet polished tannins. This is a highly intriguing wine. The only question is how long it will take to deliver all the promise that is in the glass. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. Ed Sbragia can be counted on for wines that deliver consistently outstanding quality and plenty of personality. His 2009 Cabernets are particularly of note.  (12/ 2012)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full medium ruby. Complex aromas of blackberry, violet, mocha, licorice and fresh herbs. Broad, creamy and delicious, with surprisingly forward flavors of black fruits, dark chocolate and spices. Finishes very long, with rather soft tannins and a strong element of licorice pastille. This fruit was picked after the rain, noted Sbragia, which may account for its early pliancy of texture.  (5/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Full, persistent and pleasantly chewy, presenting a rich, milk chocolate-centered array of dark berry, plum and cedar flavors. Drink now through 2028.  (10/ 2012)

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/14/2013  | Send Email
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A nicely-textured, open-knit approachable Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 Sbragia “Rancho del Oso” Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex, enjoyable offering that displays restraint and finesse. The nose starts out with aromas of blueberries, clove, and volcanic rock, while the palate displays intense blueberry, blackberry, crème de cassis and pain grille flavors. High-toned fruit and racy acidity converge on the finish, which adds lift to this tasty offering.
Drink from 2013 to 2022

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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.