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2013 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1256437 91 points James Suckling

 This is dense yet fresh and lively with ripe currant, plum and dried mushroom character. Medium to full body, crisp and delicious. Real Napa at a solid price. Drink now.  (6/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Even the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Olema offers plenty of value in an elegant, tasty, cedary, blackcurrant-scented and flavored wine that has good concentration, light tannin and a tasty, savory mouthfeel. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. This winery has a large and varied portfolio of wines, including their four value picks, which consumers need to notice. (RP)  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Olema is produced by the folks at Amici Cellars. Fruit was sourced from select vineyards around Sonoma County and blended with a splash of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged for more than a year in 30% new French oak before bottling.

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2016 | Send Email
Amici’s second label Cabernet Sauvignon satisfies on many levels: its Sonoma County fruit is rich and nuanced, provides ripe dark fruit, leather and anise flavors along with lush velvety tannins, and it costs less than half of its Napa Valley counterpart, making it a great accompaniment to a hearty midweek meal.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2016 | Send Email
Ripping good Cab for the money. Fresh blackcurrant, briary notes, some toasty oak. The palate has good weight, richness and texture. The tannins are ripe and fine but give nice presence on the finish. I like how the rich fruit plays well with some of the leafy, green tobacco notes and says: "hey - I'm a real bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon". This has genuine varietal character that is lost in so many CA Cabs these days.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2016 | Send Email
My BEST VALUE for under $20 Cab. The nose is classic Sonoma, ripe but with more complexity less cassis. On the palate the wine shows richness, layers of fruit, spice and a touch of leafy intrigue. The finish is very well balanced, long and focused showing the layers of fruit as it drifts off your tongue.
Drink from 2016 to 2021

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2016 | Send Email
If you've been a fan of the 2013 vintage Cabernets from Napa, this is one not to miss! Olema is the second label from Amici Winery in Napa, founded by a group of friends with a mission to make great wine. The quality of the vintage and the vineyards is unmistakable here, translating into cool, dark fruit, well-balanced with excellent structure, and hints of eucalyptus. This is phenomenal quality at an everyday price for truly classic California Cabernet.

Staff Image By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2016 | Send Email
This wine is a great portrait of the excellent 2013 vintage. Well structured with a big bouquet of deep fruit and hints of fresh herbs and spices. These flavors are complimented on the palate with round tannins and balanced acid. The flavors of ripe red currents and figs are followed by wonderful earthiness and spice. It finishes with a slightly savory characteristic. Delicious, interesting and long lasting!

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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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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9