2002 Provenance Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1013310 91 points Wine & Spirits

 This Oakville Cabernet is as tense and tightly drawn as a young wine. It bristles with the tannin of expensive oak, a cover over more vinous elements of fresh cherry. The care of the crafting is clear, but the wine remains hidden, needing several years of age for the fruit to absorb the oak.  (6/2005)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Redcurrant, truffle, tobacco and a whiff of leather on the nose. Supple, smooth and round, with easygoing flavors of dark berries, truffle, licorice, espresso and chocolate. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins and a lingering note of chocolate. (ST)  (1/2006)

Wine Enthusiast

 Very dark and young now—this wine needs to be cellared. It's powerfully tannic, with a burst of acidity; the mouthfeel is dusty and astringent.  (6/2005)

Wine Spectator

 Smoke, herb and currant aromas carry over to the palate, where they are tightly wound and supported by cedary oak and firm, ripe tannins. Good concentration and balance, showing a measure of restraint. (JL)  (5/2005)

K&L Notes

This 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Beckstoffer family's famed vineyard on the western side of Napa Valley's Oakville sub-appellation. All grapes were hand picked when they tasted rich and ripe. Careful monitoring of the fermentation, careful separation of the wine from the skins, natural clarification by gravity and age-old Bordeaux techniques that allow development for a year and a half produced a wine that is elegant yet powerfully rich. The finished wine is dense with opulent and intense flavors. Decanting will bring out the array of currant, cedar, and spice, as well as the layers of dark chocolate and briar. Absolutely cellarable, too.

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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.