2010 Maybach "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1135846 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium is a beautiful example of a wine with extraordinary purity and delineation. It possesses copious quantities of charcoal, barbecue smoke, graphite, blackberries, blueberries and creme de cassis. Full-bodied power is clearly on display, but the wine has a purity and balance that are sensational to behold. This classic Cabernet is a superstar of the vintage. (RP)  (10/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, plush and full-bodied, with a wealth of dark berry flavors and pretty oak shadings, offering a mix of blackberry, plum, licorice and spice flavors that fan out nicely on the palate, followed by a tight, tapered finish. Drink now through 2024. (JL)  (10/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep ruby-red. High-toned aromas and flavors of black fruits, licorice, pepper, baking spices and tobacco leaf; all Cabernet Sauvignon but has the aromatic lift of Cabernet Franc. Densely packed, seamless and sweet, with idiosyncratic peppery piquancy and firm acidity. Finishes with broad, building tannins and excellent length. Consulting winemaker Thomas Brown told me this bottling routinely has the lowest pH (in this case 3.55) of all the Cabernets he works with. (ST)  (6/2013)

93 points Vinous

 I was very happy to have another chance to taste Maybach’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium, which was impressive from barrel, but much less interesting in finished form, either because it was still recovering from bottling or just the victim of a bad cork. Regardless, on this night, the 2010 Materium impressed with an exciting melange of dark, mineral-inflected fruit. Sweet spiced notes, lavender and pencil shavings linger on the tense, pulsating finish. (AG)  (10/2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, although it doesn’t say so on the label. The wine is awesome and impeccable in the modern Oakville style of intensely ripe fruit and sweet, soft tannins. The flavors of raspberries, cherries, cocoa and sweet oak are incredibly delicious. It’s soft enough to drink now, but will hold for 6–8 years.  (12/2013)

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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.
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.
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.
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.