2011 Kalinda Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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A California Cab for under $20 that isn't bogged down by oak and high alcohol! If your palate is anything like mine, then you will love it. It's juicy but not heavy, has nice, bright, juicy acidity and absolutely no harsh tannins. This is a great Cab for all red wine drinkers because it's super approachable and food friendly. I think I could even have it with cedar plank salmon as well as grilled meats. Versatile, juicy, delicious! (Christie Cartwright, K&L)

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/16/2014  | Send Email
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If you are like me and are tired of trying many of the ridiculously high alcohol, low acid, high pH, jammy [some even having a residual sweetness], totally out of balance, and way overpriced Cabernets that many North Coast, and in particular Napa Valley, producers have been creating this last decade, then you will be delighted to try this "old-style" Kalinda 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium deep ruby in color, the distinctive, opulent bouquet offers cassis, currants, and blackberry fruit, with hints of cedar, mocha, and roasted coffee bean. Nicely structured and balanced, the aforementioned qualities carry over into a complex, well integrated, broad, viscous mouthfeel with a finish that is long, warm, and lingering. Although this Gem is currently drinking, it will age and improve easily another five to ten years. Rusty has ordered me to bring home several cases of this Gem to be one of our house reds for the next four to six years. 14.2% ABV
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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/8/2013  | Send Email
Finally, a California Cab for under $20 that isn't bogged down by oak and high alcohol! If your palate is anything like mine, then you will love it. It's juicy but not heavy, has nice, bright, juicy acidity and absolutely no harsh tannins. This is a great Cab for all red wine drinkers because it's super approachable and food friendly. I think I could even have it with cedar plank salmon as well as grilled meats. Versatile, juicy, delicious!

 By: Rick "3Chopsticks" Wong |  Review Date: 7/23/2013 
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Juicy. Quaffable. Very different from the 2010 Kalinda Napa Cab. It is everything Christie says. A good buy.

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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