2013 Roberts + Rogers "Louer Family" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1240373 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Louer Family is a blockbuster of power and elegance. Young, exuberant and youthful, with a dense purple color, notes of charcoal and smoke from the barrels interwoven with copious quantities of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. This lavishly rich, full-bodied, multi-dimensional wine is still youthful and coiled tight, but has enormous upside and promise. Give it several more years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20-25 years. (RP)  (12/2015)

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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2016 | Send Email
For those of you looking for a big, rich and intense Cabernet, this is your wine! It is a young and powerful Cab but is dominated by its fruit character. The wine glides across the palate and finishes ripe and lush as opposed to harsh and tannic. Napa Cab fans will love this wine!

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2016 | Send Email
Robert & Rodgers is not a household name in Cabernet yet. Yet is key word in the previous sentence because producers with this kind of dedication and background will not be under the radar for long. R&R started as a joint project between Robert Young and Roger Louer back in 1999 when they sourced fruit from a vineyard high upon Howell Mountain for their first vintage. In 2009 Roger made his first wine from his Louer Family Vineyard in St. Helena selecting the best barrels from his 34 acre parcel. Made in 100% new French oak this pure Cabernet has never been shy and in 2013 really strikes another victory for a tremendous vintage. Hefty from the onset this is a powerful wine full of muscular tones of dark chocolate and carob with tons of cookie dough and other confectionary tones over a savory, game driven base. Ripe and extracted on entry this comes at you with bombast and intensity but slowly relents and you’re left with a sense of beauty and class. Dry throughout with no excessive oak toast the wine is framed in a way that lifts the cassis, cocoa dusted cherry, chaparral and sandalwood tones rather than bogging them down. I was impressed with the balance here in that where so many Napa wines these days are going for broke, and this one pulls up just short to be sure, the folks at Roberts & Rogers realized that just a little restraint can make a world of difference.

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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 (%): 15.4