2013 Venge "Bone Ash Vineyard" Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1251103 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bone Ash Vineyard, which comes from their estate in Calistoga, shows great blackberry and cassis fruit, nice minerality, a floral component, subtle new oak and a full-bodied, expansive mouthfeel. This wine should drink well for 30 years and be approachable within 5-6 years. (RP) 96+  (12/2015)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 From the producer's own dry-farmed estate, this is a concentrated, full-bodied expression of the grape at its best, dense in chocolate and blackberry, almost syrup-like in its heady, brambly style. Burly integrated tannin create a significant foundation of weight and length, that's completely ready to be enjoyed now, yet may take on further nuance through 2023. *Cellar Selection* (VB)  (7/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator

 A stylish expression of Cabernet accented by limestone and subtle, earth-laced dark berry, licorice and cedary oak flavors. Flexes some muscle, with a firm, tannic backbone. Most impressive is the persistence of the flavors. Drink now through 2028. (JL)  (4/2016)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 There is no lack of fruity substance or mass nor any shortage of rich oak here, yet, while the wine is deep, dense and expressive, it is never brash or top-heavy and shows fine overall balance for a wine of its weight. It is, to be sure, rich stuff by any measure and makes no claim to delicacy, but it has the fruity heart to evolve effortlessly and find a measure of polish in its future, even if it may take six to ten years to arrive.  (12/2015)

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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.