2013 Pott "Le Nouveau Western Star Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)

SKU #1324453 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A winner is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Le Nouveau Western, which is classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from the Starr Vineyard. Plenty of dense, blackberry and cassis fruit, licorice, graphite and foresty notes are all present in this full-bodied, opulent wine with terrific purity and length. Tannins are present, but balanced beautifully by lavish amounts of fruit and extract. Drink it over the next 20 years. Aaron Pott is obviously a super-talented winemaker who seems to have a bright future ahead of him. He is buying fruit from interesting sources and turning them into exciting wines. There are not large quantities of any of these wines, but readers would be best served to get on the mailing list and try some of the ones that sound most interesting to them. (RP)  (10/2015)

94 points Vinous

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Nouveau Western, from a vineyard in Rutherford planted with Martha's clone Cabernet, is one of the many highlights in Aaron Pott's range. Ample, intense and structured to the core, the 2013 offers up a compelling mélange of dark ripe fruit, earthiness and smoke, all backed up by seriously intense tannins. The 2013 is a powerful, virile wine. Accordingly, it needs time in bottle. (AG)  (10/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Supple and juicy, with fleshy, fine-grained tannins and a core of blackberry and blackberry pie, accented by touches of herb, cedar, tobacco and plum. Caressing aftertaste. Drink now through 2028. 36 cases made. (JL)  (7/2016)

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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.