2002 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1408503 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The impressive 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Horseshoe boasts a dense purple color as well as a beautiful nose of blueberries, black currants, smoke, and a hint of vanilla. The wine has impressive fruit on the attack, medium to full body, and a broad, savory, dense style with good definition and purity. (RP)  (12/2005)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "At York Creek we have a small block of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted entirely to the legendary "La Questra" clone of Cabernet. This clone was brought to California by Emmet Rixford back in the 1880s directly from Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux. It is one of the most highly sought after "heritage" clones of Cabernet Sauvignon in the state. We call this block the "Horseshoe" because of its shape. For several years, I have made a separate fermentation, and because of its unique character I decided to bottle a little as a separate wine. It's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and all from the "Horseshoe" block. I would describe this as an intense Cabernet, distinctive, rich. And it's what I like to call 'a good story that's true.'"


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By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
$30 for a Cab of this quality is ridiculous. This is Spring Mountain fruit at its very best. Rich and luscious, it dances across the palate with flavors baked plum, raspberry coulis, mocha, tobacco, and herb de Provence. This is a great pick for those who enjoy the gravitas of Bordeaux with the expressiveness of Napa fruit. This 2002 is ready to drink now, but has the scaffolding to develop for another ten years easily.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
A little more bold and upfront that the linear, structured 2001 vintage, the 2002 is a show stopper! This wine has held on to its rich dark fruit remarkably well and I think is drinking younger than one might expect. Broad and lush, some secondary characters evolving but that bold, boisterous fruit from 2002 is still holding fast.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.