2010 Sojourn "Vineyard Georges III" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1190515 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Youthful purple color. A heady bouquet evokes cherry, cassis, vanilla, licorice and fruitcake, with a spicy topnote. Fleshy and sweet, offering intense dark berry compote and floral pastille flavors lifted by cracked pepper and mineral nuances. Shows impressive power on the clinging, gently tannic finish, which features notes of vanilla and cocoa powder. This wine was aged in 75% new French oak.  (5/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A wonderful effort, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer George III Vineyard is 100% unfined and unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged in 75% new French oak. It achieved 14.7% alcohol. Abundant minerality along with incense, creme de cassis and toasty oak characteristics are found in this full-bodied, fleshy, nicely layered Cabernet along with beautiful purity, wonderful fruit and surprising accessibility for a 2010. It should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)  (10/2013)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Showing a real sense of kinship to its Spring Mountain sibling with regards to its lively, sweetly oaked, ripe-cherry aromas, Sojourn's George III bottling easily surpasses its partner when it comes to real palatal polish and sheer depth of flavor. It is fairly full without feeling too big, and it keeps its sights set on vigorous ripe currant and black cherry fruit all the way from beginning to end. It is underpinned by firm, but fairly fine tannins, and it has the unmistakable sense of a wine that is destined to age very well.  (8/2013)

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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.