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2005 John Anthony Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1036750

One star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "This wine's bias to sweet cherries in the nose brings good Merlot to mind, and its lithe and supple feel does the same. A streak of last-minute structural tannin clearly tags the wine as Cabernet, but that tannin is never so pushy as to endanger the expression of fruit, and it instead provides a nice bit of grip and ensures a few years of positive growth." (August 2008) In the late 1800s Jean Marie Truchard packed his bags and left his native France, settling in Cat Springs, Texas. There he bought 500 acres of land and planted some vines, hoping to make great wine to serve the community. But the grapes rotted on the vine. So the family turned to farming and raising cattle. Then, in the early 1970s, Jean-Marie's grandson, Tony Truchard, picked up with his granddad left off, purchasing property in Napa Valley and plating it to vine, teaching his young son the skills required to grow great winegrapes. This 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is the third vintage from John Anthony's endeavor with his wife Michele. With the help of winemaker Alison Doran, John Anthony has created a fantastic wine. The briar fruit-filled nose has hints of cedar, bittersweet chocolate and caramel, aromas that continue through to the mouthfilling palate. Seductive.

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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 M├ędoc 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5