1999 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #997956 94 points Wine Spectator

 *#6 on the Top 100 Wines of 2002* Dusty berry, currant, anise and cedary oak aromas follow through to a rich, concentrated core of flavors on the palate; yet for all its weight, there's a sense of suppleness and grace, with a rich curranty aftertaste. (JL)  (8/2002)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 7% Merlot; 7% Cabernet Franc; 1% Petit Verdot. Impressively concentrated black cherry fruitiness sits amidst a wealth of very rich oak and lightly loamy spice first in the deeply filled aromas and then again in the broad, slightly juicy, tannin-framed flavors that follow. If still on the tough and somewhat rugged side, the wine is entirely within the bounds of very young Cabernet, and its combination of depth, balance and fruity length make it a sure bet for long-term improvement. Practice patience with this one as it needs at least five years of age and will surely grow for twice that long.  (8/2002)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice, black pepper and mint on the nose. Juicy, spicy and firm, with concentrated fruit and an attractive creaminess at the core. Flavors of cassis and bitter chocolate in the mouth and on the strong, persistent, ripely tannic finish. Good serious cabernet. (ST)  (11/2002)

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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.