1994 Flora Springs "Rutherford Hillside Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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96 points and a 'Highly Recommended' designation from Wine Spectator: "Displays all the ingredients for excellence, offering impressive meaty, smoky, oaky flavors before the leathery currant and dried cherry fold in. Young, dense and tightly wound, it needs time in the cellar, but the flavors build to a wonderful aftertaste." (10/97) 94 points Robert Parker: "The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve exhibits an opaque purple color, a classic, cedar, blackcurrant, and earthy-scented nose, and rich, full-bodied flavors that ooze jammy blackcurrants. The wood influence is subtle, although some spicy vanillin can be detected. This wine possesses terrific fruit purity, an opulent texture, and an impressively long, harmonious finish. When released next year, the 1994 Reserve should be more accessible young than the 1993 Reserve, yet as long lived (20-30 years). Ken Deiss, the winemaker at Flora Springs, thinks that the 1994 and 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon vintages have more in common than differences. This was borne out in my tastings, as both vintages possess that rare quality of producing very concentrated, ripe Cabernets with sweet, well-integrated tannin. Flora Springs' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons have soared in quality in the nineties... The last three vintages are all concentrated, powerful Cabernets packed with fruit." (12/96)

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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 M├ędoc 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.