2009 Culler "Casaeda" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1117364 92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (12/2012)

90 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (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.


Price: $24.99
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