2001 Sawyer "Bradford Meritage" Rutherford Red Wine (Previously $50)

SKU #1110342

From the winery: "Layered with aromas of black cherry and boysenberry, with additional aromas of toasty oak and spice present on the nose. True to the celebrated Rutherford appellation, the palate exhibits elegant, well balanced Bordeaux fruit with black cherry flavors, white pepper and mocha with a long, satin finish. A well balanced, medium bodied wine, our 2001 Bradford Meritage would be the perfect accompaniment to your holiday table, or will age beautifully for the next eight to ten years."

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/9/2012  | Send Email
Can't afford Opus One? Well, you're in luck (while supplies last). This is a classic California Meritage from pedigreed vineyards with a decade of bottle age that is at a perfect stage in its evolution to be enjoyed tonight. It offers a complex bouquet of textbook Rutherford earthy red and black fruits with accents of mint and cedar, with secondary notes of leather and caramelized fruit and dusty minerals. Beautifully balanced, with nicely integrating tannins, breadth on the palate, and an elegant mouthfeel and finish. This is a fine wine, available at a fraction of the price of what folks might peg it to be in a blind tasting if it were put up against cult Napa wines from similar origins and the same vintage. Whether you are a fan of Cab blends with bottle age, are a savvy shopper looking for a unique yet approachable offering for a special occasion but must stick to a budget, or a California wine lover nostalgic for the way Napa wines used to be made (and priced), you will find much to love in this. We bought all that is left, so stock up. When it's gone it's gone...

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1