2010 Alpha Omega "Era" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1203092 95 points Connoisseurs Guide

 **Three Stars** Era is intended to be an expression of the very best that Alpha Omega has to offer, and this bottling shows reason enough to agree. It is wonderfully concentrated and extraordinarily deep in incisive blackcurrant fruit with a myriad of carefully fit pieces, and, while very much built along the sturdily tannic, eminently age-worthy lines so favored by Alpha Omega, it shows slightly more polish to its structured style even at this age. It is sure to reward those willing to patiently wait for a decade with a wine of genuine and stunning brilliance.  (4/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, medium ruby-red. Black raspberry on the nose, complemented by sexy oak tones of coffee, mocha and chocolate. Boasts terrific sweetness and delineation to its flavors of plum, redcurrant and mocha. A bit less pliant and forthcoming today than the To Kalon wines, finishing with serious, noble tannins, superb length and captivating perfume. (ST)  (5/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 There’s a fine wine hiding inside this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, which contains Cabernet Franc and Merlot. But its qualities are buried beneath strong tannins. The fruit is impossibly young, all jammy cherries and blackberries, and new oak sticks out in the form of buttered toast. It’s all very imposing, so don’t even think about drinking it anytime soon. Should begin to blossom around 2018, and will be going strong for another decade.  (3/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A dense and focused red, delivering a potent yet elegant array of dark berry, black licorice, anise, wild berry and crushed rock minerality, sustained by dark berry fruit, rich tannins and subtle floral scents. (JL)  (4/2014)

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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.