2005 Regusci "Angelo's" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1341999

From the winery: "Within Napa Valley, the Regusci name is synonymous with farming. Through five generations, our commitment to agriculture and our family Ranch remains unwavering. Through this love and dedication, we are able to grow and craft some of the highest quality wines in the entire world. In 1932, Gaetano Regusci purchased our 289-acre estate in the Stags Leap District, which included one of the preeminent wineries of its time: the Grigsby-Occidental Winery (est. 1878). At that time the wine industry was certainly not what it is today. Aside from growing and making homemade wine and selling grapes, Gaetano wrestled a living from the land. He farmed corn, hay, walnuts, plums. He ran a dairy, ranched cattle and operated a slaughterhouse and a retail market selling our primary ranch products—meat and milk. When Gaetano's son Angelo took over the family Ranch in the 1960s, he began planting Bordeaux varieties on our estate. Though a practical decision at the time, it would prove to be visionary within a few decades. As the wine industry began to flourish, so did our vineyards; and soon, we planted the 160 acres of grapes that reside on our estate today. As luck would have it, Angelo's son Jim became a farmer too, taking over Ranch duties in the 1990s. With decades of grape growing experience, having farmed for many of Napa Valley's most notable vineyards, Jim decided to establish Regusci Winery in 1996 with a commitment to growing premium estate wines."

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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 MĂ©doc 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.