2013 Amapola Creek By Richard Arrowood Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Arrowood deserves a lot more credit than he often gets for his Cabernet Sauvignons, which are long-lived. Some of the early Château St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignons have stood the test of time, and those made under the Arrowood label, especially his Reserves, are 30+ year wines at the minimum. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, which is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, is brilliant. Notes of graphite, crème de cassis, blueberry and blackberry along with some espresso are all present in this dense, full-bodied wine with great fruit, beautiful purity and moderately high tannins. There are just under 1,600 cases. This wine ideally needs another 2-3 years of bottle age and should drink well for 25-30 years. (RP)
Amapola Creek is a small winery in the hills above Sonoma built and run by Richard Arrowood, the legendary vintner many wine lovers have followed throughout his career, notably at Chateau St. Jean and Arrowood.