2005 York Creek "Madrone" 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: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2016 | Send Email
The 2005 Madrone is maybe the most “mountainy” of the three current York Creek wines with notes of fresh mint, Porcini mushroom, hazelnuts and lots of scrub brush over a well of dried red currants. White this wine may sound a little rugged, it is anything but once on the palate, with very feminine and soft flavors of clay, blueberry, violet and tobacco. Seamless and fully realized, with a long complex finish of lifted red berries, cigar tobacco and sweet licorice, this is a wine that is at the peak of its drinking window.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2016 | Send Email
Classic Cab from Spring Mountain...York Creek yet again providing insane value for money in perfectly mature, stylish Napa Cab. This is one of my favorites that we've had from York Creek - "Madrone" - combining richness and concentration with just the right amount of structure and some true varietal character. Drinking great now but still has plenty left in the tank for another 5-10 years of cellaring.
Top Value!

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
Another amazing bottle of Spring Mountain Cab that just blows the price-to-quality ratio to smithereens. At 11 years old this wine is just entering a beautiful drinking window that will be open for a long time. Deep and brooding, the smells of the forest waft out of the glass--cedar and loam, hints of cassis and spearmint. The palate is both lush and powerful. Dark notes of licorice and dried plum, a chewy and dense core deliver the wine with a wonderfully textured mouthfeel. Another hit in a long line of great wines from York Creek.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2016 | Send Email
Fresh green bell pepper, oyster mushrooms, boysenberry and even some savory tobacco notes show up to the party as well. The '05 York Creek "Madrone" is both woodsy and delicious; and frankly, it's an absolute steal at $29.99. If you're on the hunt for a mature wine from a respected producer at a reasonable price point, look no further than this bad boy.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2016 | Send Email
The 05 York Creek Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon seems to be just beginning to hit its stride. Dark fruits with hints of green notes opens up to a palate with great poise, freshness, and tight currant fruit. While it is still perhaps just a hint on the early side for my taste, it still tastes great and shows promise for further bottle ageing. This definitely ranks right up there with my favorite York Creek bottlings of the past year.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2016 | Send Email
Another great selection coming to us from York Creek, this beauty has some bottle age on it already and is ready to drink. Dark, ripe fruit notes with hints of sweet tobacco in the nose lead to a very open and full bodied Cab. The dark berry fruit of this wine is structured by fine, tight tannins and some acid to provide lift and length. One of the best York Creeks I have tasted, and at a very attractive price.

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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 (%): 14.2