2010 Lancaster Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1165815 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is much more polished than the 2009 tasted alongside it. Asphalt, smoke, tobacco, licorice and tar all flow as this sumptuous Cabernet shows off its sexy, undeniably appealing personality. Hints of mocha and espresso add a resonant warmth that is hugely attractive. The tannins are firm but seamlessly balanced. There is a lot to like in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, starting with the wine's sheer class. (AG)  (4/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky ruby. Expressive, oak-spiced cassis, cherry and floral pastille aromas are lifted by a suave mineral quality and a hint of cracked pepper. Fleshy and seamless in texture, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and suggestions of mocha and chewing tobacco. Finishes smoky and long, with youthfully chewy tannins adding shape and grip. (ST)  (5/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This 79% Cabernet Sauvignon is firm in tannins, with a thickly tangled web of herb and savory leather amid cassis and currant. With smaller percentages of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, in that order, it’s midweight, dry and could stand more time in the bottle.  (10/2014)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Tilting slightly to ripeness, yet very deep and long on richness, this fleshy, mouthfilling wine goes right to the line of being a little too much, but it does not cross over. It flirts here and there with glimmers of chocolate yet keeps ample, dark-cherry fruit in its sights throughout, and the scant heat that emerges in the latter going is sure to be made moot by service with food.  (8/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Attractively leafy nose and just a touch leafy on the palate too, increasing the freshness. Tannins are still quite chewy and there's plenty of spice on the finish but the freshness and length are impressive. (JH)  (10/2013)

Wine Spectator

 A rich, intense, full-blown style, featuring a deep core of red and black fruit, with touches of licorice. Shows plenty of cedary oak, and will need further cellaring. Ends with drying woody flavors. (Web Only-2013) (JL)

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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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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5