2013 Route Stock Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1257809 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* With small additions of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine opens in green olive and celery, with a tease of mint, before unleashing a mouthfilling core of black cherry and cassis. Lively acidity presides over all, giving a powerful backbone to a sophisticated wine.  (6/2016)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *Good Value* Sweet oak makes an immediate play for attention in both the moderately rich aromas and flavors of this nicely rounded and fairly outgoing effort, but steady ripe cherry fruit soon catches up and expediently takes the lead. The wine is subject to a little more tannic dryness than is ideal, yet its hold on fruit is comfortably secure and will successfully see it through to better with a bit of cellar time.  (4/2016)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2016 | Send Email
Wilson Daniel’s label Route Stock has hit a giant home run with this 2013 Napa Cabernet bottling. I mean when was the last time you saw Napa Cabernet with a 92 point score from a major wine publication for under $20? It just doesn’t happen these days and I implore you to take full advantage of it. Soft, pliable and full of fleshy cassis, cigar tobacco, roasted fennel and cocoa powder this is fully drinkable right now and should continue to be delicious over the next 3-4 years. This is exactly the kind of wine that we love here at K&L, a wine for the people, all of the people, with no guilt or over-thought. Just good old fashioned Cab at a unheard of price.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2016 | Send Email
Another hit from Wilson Daniels' latest project, the Route 29 Napa Cab has the points and a price point that's built to move. The nose is pretty and delicate, showing notes of confectioner's sugar, dried violets, black plum and mocha. The palate leads into more purple fruit, stewed blackberry, boysenberry pie and a well integrated, velvety tannin on the finish. Drink now through 2020.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2016 | Send Email
Juicy, approachable, and easy to drink. Good for entertaining because of its appealing style for different palates, and the absence of a rough or tough tannin structure allows you the option of pairing it with some richer, or even not as rich dishes perhaps. This Cab doesn't even need food to be able to crush the bottle. Enjoy!

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2016 | Send Email
Looking for a delicious, affordable Napa Cab? Look no further! This wine is rich in color and even more so in flavor. Olive, blackberries, plum and mocha come out on the palate and end in a delightful, lingering finish with good acid and tannin balance. A super approachable offering from Route Stock with aging potential and an awesome price tag!

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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.

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.


- 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