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2010 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (chipped vintage seal)

SKU #1330620 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Sloan may ultimately eclipse the 2009 as it appears to have greater longevity. Dense blackberry, cedar, lead pencil shavings, cassis, espresso, white chocolate and forest floor notes are incredibly complex and inviting. Full-bodied and virtually perfect in all senses with flawlessly integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood, this is a tour de force and one of the superstars of the vintage. It, too, can be drunk now or cellared for 30+ years. (RP)  (10/2013)

96 points Vinous

 The 2010 SLOAN ESTATE is just as gorgeous from bottle as it was from barrel. Violets, graphite, smoke, licorice, plum and cedar notes jump from the glass in the 2010 Sloan Estate. Rich, sumptuous and layered, the 2010 impresses for its balance and class. Today the tannins are a bit firm, so readers should give the 2010 at least a few years in bottle. With time in the glass, the 2010 is quite stunning though. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Petit Verdot. (AG)  (11/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium red. Restrained but deep aromas of cassis, mocha, brown sugar, smoke, espresso and dusty brown spices. Wonderfully silky and voluptuous despite the recent bottling, but also shows terrific verve to the flavors of black cherry, minerals and menthol. More about finesse than thickness of texture. Finishes very long and vibrant, with suave, seamless, broad tannins and compelling perfume. This will be approachable early but has the stuffing and balance for a graceful evolution in bottle. (ST)  (5/2013)

94 points James Suckling

 A big and rich red with black currant and blueberry and chocolate. Full and vast. A more typical Napa cab of the period. Drink or hold.  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

Stuart Sloan sold this luxury estate in 2011 to Goldin Financial Holdings, a Hong Kong-based conglomerate headed by the Pan family. Michel Rolland continues to consult.

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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 M├ędoc 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.