2009 Vineyard 7 & 8 "Estate" Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1126110 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes across as sweet, voluptuous and sexy. It possesses striking inner perfume and fabulous expressiveness in its dark red fruit. Supple, silky tannins frame the exceptionally elegant finish. The 2009 is an immensely appealing, dazzling wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. (AG)  (12/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 **Cellar Selection** Vineyard 7&8’s Spring Mountain Estate Cabernets require aging to show their best, and so it is with this 2009. It’s dry, tannic and unrewarding now due to its astringency and acidity. But it has a terrific heart of blackberries and minerals that’s vast and rich—indicative of great growing conditions. It should begin to come into its own after 2015.  (9/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full ruby-red. Complex aromas of crushed blueberry, wild resiny herbs ("western chaparral," says Wesley Steffens), cedar, tobacco, mint and leather. At once chewy and delicate in the mid-palate, with strong spicy lift to the redcurrant and tobacco leaf flavors. Youthfully unevolved, but the building tannins are nicely detailed and supported by the wine's intensity. Seems more refined than past vintages of this wine; this may well merit a higher score with five to seven years of cellaring. 92(+?) points.  (5/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Firm and intense, with a dense, focused mix of dried berry, cedar, sage and currant. Gains and expands, acquiring generosity and texture while remaining tannic. Best from 2014 through 2026.  (11/2012)

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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.