2010 Buccella Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1145104 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Even more impressive is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, a richer, fuller wine with the same structural profile as the 2009, but with deeper, more concentrated black currant, licorice, incense and floral characteristics. Deep, pure, textured and multidimensional, this opaque purple-colored 2010 is sensational. Drink it over the next 20 years. Both wines are multi-AVAs from five vineyards spread across Napa Valley.  (10/2013)

95 points Vinous

 Buccella's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is drop-dead gorgeous. Violets, mint, crushed rocks, licorice and smoke jump from the glass in a vibrant, focused Cabernet loaded with class. The trademark Buccella richness is there, but the 2010 has a level of pure energy I have never seen here before. Blackberry jam, graphite, smoke and pencil shavings linger on the finish. This is an exceptional Caberent Sauvignon made in a rich, opulent style with fabulous balance and tons of personality. The 2010 is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with dollops of Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, aged 22 months in French oak, 80% new. It's great to revist Buccella's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that has developed beatifully over the last year. This is a fabulous showing from Buccella, winemaker Rebekah Weinburg and consultant winemaker Celia Welch.  (11/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (from multiple vineyard sources, mostly in Coombsville; 90% cabernet sauvignon, 5% malbec, 2% each petit verdot and merlot and 1% cabernet franc; winemaker Rebekah Wineburg destems 100% but ferments whole berries): Good bright medium ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet and tobacco. Concentrated, savory and flavorful but youthfully primary today, showing a slightly syrupy ripeness to its lush black fruit and licorice flavors. Bright acidity (6.6 grams per liter) and a firm tannic spine suggest that this big guy will need at least six or seven years of cellaring.  (6/2013)

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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.

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