2005 York Creek "Track" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $40)

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After the last few years I think just about everyone has heard us pontificating about just how good, and how insanely inexpensive, the York Creek wines are. Luckily for us and our thirsty customers Fritz Maytag kept deep cellars over the years and still has plenty of wine for us to sell. After the rousing success of past vintages we just keep reloading because the wines are that good and you keep asking us for more. Our latest find is a horizontal of sorts with all three wines coming from the great 2005 vintage. We have two single block Cabernets and a rarity in and aged Petit Verdot. These wines were all made by Fritz himself and are appropriate for drinking now or cellaring for another few years. One side note: there are between 60-90 cases each of these and if history tells us anything these will be gone in a matter of days if not hours. Act fast. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2016 | Send Email
Of the two 2005 Cabernets from York Creek, this is perhaps the youngest, richer, more powerful, and deeper of the two. Deeply color, the nose is loaded with cassis, blackberry, currant-like fruit characteristics with a sage-like to spicy white pepper undertone, all of which carries over to broad, viscous, concentrated youthful palate impression. Excellent focus of fruit, with superb integration and complexity, this Gem will age another five to ten-plus years, easily. Rusty has ordered me to bring several cases of this incredible Gem value for our wine cellar to be enjoyed down the line. For those of you with a wine cellar or cabinet, you should do the same – or at least, up to a case. Don’t miss this great Napa Valley Cabernet Value! ***** 14.2% ABV *****
Drink from 2020 to 2030

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
The 2005 Track is the more powerful and masculine of the two Cabernets on this release of York Creek. Chaparral, dried blackberry, white pepper and a centered core of grilled meat fill the nose. While sizeable, this is more of a gentle giant than a monster, with wild berry, olive, well-integrated oak toast and super fine tannins over a more savory than sweet palate. Like the Madrone this is about as good as it’s ever going to be--I’d drink this over the next 3-4 years and be perfectly happy.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
What a steal for delicious, older Napa Valley Cab! This is still mighty alive (3-4 years more, easily), with great fruit, layered, and a calmer tannin structure to allow the palate to catch all it has to offer. Not to mention, the 2005s are solid as a vintage for the CA Cabs I've tried and/or heard about. A do not miss, plain and simple. As with all the older York Creek stuff we get in, these will not last long at all. Enjoy!
Drink from 2016 to 2021

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
2005 was an outstanding vintage on Spring Mountain - while it saw a bit of rain in April and May, things really turned around with fantastic ripening weather during harvest. York Creek's "Track" Spring Mountain expression is both hearty and complex. Notes of serrano pepper, graphite, salted plum, black fruit and a herbaceous undertone harmonize very well in the glass. Great wine at an approachable price point. Come get a few!

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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 (%): 14.2