2002 Barnett Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1013503 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This 2,400+ case blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot was aged 21 months in French oak (two-thirds new). The winery believes this cuvee’s finest drinking days were between 2004 and 2012, although I believe that is conservative, as this wine is still in late adolescence in terms of its evolutionary track. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with copious aromas of blueberries, raspberries, spring flowers and earth. Dense, rich and full-bodied, with superb intensity, purity, texture and length, this beauty is close to full maturity, but is capable of lasting another 10-15 years in a cool cellar. (RP)  (6/2012)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Here's a textbook Napa Cab. It's concentrated in black currant flavors, with the best tannic structure money can buy. Soft and elegant in the mouth, with a long, elegant finish. Could use some individuality, though, as it's firmly in the international style.  (10/2005)

Wine Spectator

 Graceful and complex, with an enticing loamy earth and mineral edge to the dried berry flavors. Builds depth and complexity, as cedar notes and firm tannins chime in on the finish.—2002 California Cabernet blind retrospective (May 2012). (JL, Web-2012)

K&L Notes

Barnett Vineyards is located on the top of Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley. The rocky and well-drained soils of this hillside terrace is ideal for producing Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the whole family of Bordeaux varietals. This 2002 is made from 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petite Verdot, aged 21 months in French oak (60% new and 40% one year old). Tasting notes on release: Blackberry jam and dark cherry aromas unfold from the glass, with layered allspice and earth tones. A sweet and broad front carries throughout the length of the palate offering dark spices, creme de cassis and hints of dark chocolate. The finish is bold and chewy with notes of licorice and toffee.

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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.