2011 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1143449 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Fairly rich and concentrated, with excellent depth and a range of flavor built around dark berry, mocha, espresso, cedar and tobacco notes, turning graceful midpalate and ending with a persistent finish. Offers ripe, interwoven tannins. Drink now through 2024.  (8/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This is fairly rich and concentrated, with excellent depth, exhibiting a range of flavors built around dark berry, mocha, espresso, cedar and tobacco notes, with ripe, interwoven tannins. Turns graceful midpalate, ending with a persistent finish. Drink now through 2024.  (10/2014)

90 points Vinous

 The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, rich and voluptuous. Mocha, espresso, plum, black cherry and intense spices all meld together in a textured, layered wine loaded with class and personality. As always, the Hall Cabernets are forward, fruit-driven and super-rich. This is a great introduction to the house style.  (11/2013)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Glimmers of milk chocolate sit amidst scents of moderately ripe cherries in the direct, slightly sweet aromas of this supple, somewhat soft-leaning wine, and the flavors that follow, while not without fruit, reflect a similar bias to mildly chocolaty ripeness. Although there is richness to be had here, there is a trim of heat as well and less in the way of classic Cabernet structure, and we do not see this one benefitting from a lengthy stay in the cellar. Three to five years should be just about right.  (8/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The attractive 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a pretty, fruity (dark currants) effort with medium body and a short finish...Based on my experience with the Hall wines, they show better from bottle than from barrel samples, always a sign of a high quality winery. All of these wines possess splendid opaque blue/purple colors.  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

Hall sources select fruit from across Napa Valley for their entry-level Cabernet Sauvignon bottling, and the result is a very substantial and harmonious wine. Fruit from Hall's organically farmed estate vineyards is featured prominently, as well as fruit from partner growers' hillside sites. The Cabernet Sauvignon is complemented by 8% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot and the wine was aged in 55% new French oak for 18 months before bottling. From the winery: "Our 2011 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is brimming with aromas of cassis, black cherry, and espresso. On the palate, opulent flavors of dark bing cherry, blackberry and notes of caramel lead to a velvety finish."

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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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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 (%): 14.9
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