1995 Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #300845 96 points Wine Spectator

 This combines dark, rich, potent Cabernet flavors with a sense of elegant and finesse. The purity of the currant, plum and blackberry is dazzling, refreshing and youthful. The finish pulls everything together, ending with a long, detailed, sophisticated aftertaste. (JL, Web Only-2005)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The current Cabernet Sauvignon release is the 1995, a wine which has performed consistently well since I first tasted it. It is one of those 1995s that easily rivals the 1994, adding evidence to my belief that these two years in Napa and Sonoma might turn out to be the finest back-to-back vintages California has ever enjoyed. This wine boasts a saturated black/purple color, as well as a terrific nose of licorice, cassis, and subtle toasty oak. Full-bodied, and crammed with extract, and rich, ripe black fruits, this dense, symmetrical Cabernet will require several years of cellaring when released, but it should age effortlessly for 15-20 years. It is every bit as good as the terrific 1994, and may ultimately prove to be better, as well as longer-lived. (RP)  (12/1998)

90 points Vinous

 Good healthy dark red, with little amber at the rim. Cool, medicinal black cherry, licorice and mint on the nose. Plush, spicy and sweet, with the slightly medicinal quality countered by good mid-palate texture and mouth coverage. The combination of vinosity and salinity along with a light herbal quality gives the wine noteworthy lift and a light touch. This distinctly dark-fruit style is not particularly complex but is full of life and still unfolding. (ST)  (6/2016)

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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.

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.