2001 Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1007462 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* So ripe in black currant and mocha fruit, so rich in sweet tannins, so well structured. It’s an impeccable Cabernet...  (10/2004)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Wonderful purity of flavor, built around a solid, concentrated core of intense black cherry and blackberry fruit, with hints of cedar, sage, ansie and cassis flavors that are focused and long on the finish, ending with a rich, fruity aftertaste. (JL)  (11/2004)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* There is much to like about this, open, rich wine with its red cherry and herb components filled out by sweet, crème brulée oak. Its aromas tend a bit to Merlot, and, so also do its accessible, supple flavors of ripe cherries, cappuccino, loam and quiet notes of herb.  (12/2004)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Fully mature, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) exhibits sweet, attractive, woodsy, cedary, berry fruit in a lush, heady, medium to full-bodied style. (RP)  (6/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Red-ruby. Aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, smoke and nuts, along with a gamey nuance. Sweet, lush and silky, with flavors of plum, currant and tobacco and a repeating note of game. In a distinctly sweet, fat style. Finishes with very smooth tannins and good persistence. (ST)  (2/2005)

K&L Notes

This offering is an exceptional wine from an excellent vintage. It displays attractive aromas of mulberry, blackberry, spice and vanilla. This elegant wine is round and supple with alluring flavors of berry, plum and mocha that linger beyond the long, polished finish. The balance of fruit and power make it a candidate for graceful aging. Made from 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, all harvested by hand in small lots from mid-September to mid-October 2001. Aged in a combination of American and French oak barrels for 20 months. Merlot was added to the final blend to increase fruit complexity. The Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot enhance the aromas and add a pinch of spice.

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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.
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.
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.