2009 Culler "Casaeda" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1117364 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Culler's entry-level 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Casaeda bursts from the glass with juicy red berries, licorice, spices and menthol. This is an especially juicy, forward Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of early appeal in its generous fruit. At the same time, the addition of Syrah to the blend adds depth and nuance. The 2009 is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah and 5% Merlot that spent 20 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Karen Culler makes some of the most delicious and fairly priced Cabernets in Napa Valley. There is so much to love about these classy, harmonious wines, it’s hard to know where to start. This year Culler has a new, entry-level Cabernet that is one of the very best wines in its price range.  (12/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium ruby-red. Aromas of black plum, currant, mocha and smoke. Good chewy texture and depth to the rich, sweet dark raspberry and spice flavors. Finishes with dusty, building, fine-grained tannins and very good length. Offers plenty of early appeal.  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

The 2009 Caseda (made by Karen Culller) consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petite Verdot from the Alexander Vineyard in Napa Valley, the same source for Culler's 'La Palette'. It was aged for eighteen months mostly (78%) once-used French oak barrels, the rest new. Winemaker's notes: "The 2008 vintage produced wines of great depth and color, and also a fresh, soft texture. The Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of tea, wild game, anise and blackberry, and a palate of elegant, and rich tannins. The Petite Verdot gives the wine an unctuous and juicy mid palate to create a long mouthfeel. The resulting blend is both approachable now, but has the depth to age." Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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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.


- 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.
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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.