2010 Vina Robles Estate Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1151476 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* With modest alcohol and an attractive herbaceousness, this Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a little Petit Verdot. For those looking for a drier, more linear wine, it offers a viable alternative to a Napa Cabernet. It’s a great example of the art of blending, selected from five different vineyards all over Paso Robles. It’s rich in blackberries, currants and sage. This is the winery’s best Cabernet yet for such a good price.  (12/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark ruby. Pungent aromas of dark berries, grilled meat, leather and pipe tobacco. Taut and focused on the palate, showing sweet dark berry, cherry and vanilla flavors and a hint of succulent herbs. Closes supple and gently tannic, with a hint of bitter cherry and good cut.  (12/ 2013)

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/12/2014  | Send Email
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Had to give this wine 5 stars! I first tasted this with a few colleagues down at the winery, we all immediately look at each other, then look down at the price of the wine wondering if there was a typo; then again, a few weeks back we hosted a Cabernet blind tasting for our customers, and this wine beat out many Napa big brands (Heitz Cellar $42.99, Silver Oak $99.99, and Paradigm $69.99) and scored a second place in our lineup! The wine is balanced and it's got everything I look for in a Cabernet: dark berry and cassis, some herbal notes, green tobacco, pencil shaving and granite minerality. There is a hint of leather and bittersweet chocolate on the finish with full tannin and full bodied. It's a steal for $16.99!
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By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/7/2014  | Send Email
This is the type of California Cabernet I really enjoy. Classic notes of cassis, licorice, cedar and graphite lead to a palate of concentrated dark fruit. Rich and round, this cab is perfectly framed by tannin and acid, leaving a lighter palate impression than I expected. A great value!

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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.
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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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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 (%): 15.4