2001 York Creek "Meritage" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

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The owner of York Creek is Fritz Maytag (Of Anchor Steam beer fame). He has farmed the property since 1968, selling grapes from his 125-acre mountain vineyard to many outstanding names in the California wine industry (Ridge Vineyards among them). York Creek began making a small amount of its own wine in 1992, and today less than 1,000 cases of Meritage are bottled a year produced entirely from estate grapes grown on Spring Mountain above St. Helena. Winery's notes: "In the early years we made wine from all four of the top varieties grown in Bordeaux, and made our blends a little differently each year. Though each vintage was predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, the blends also contained varying amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. York Creek Estate consists of roughly 125 acres of land high above the Napa and Sonoma valleys, on the crest of the Mayacamas Range of mountains. It is an area which on the Napa side has long been known as 'Spring Mountain.' For more than 100 years this area has been famous for its dark and intensely flavorful wines. We purchased the original parcel in 1968, and have been adding land and planting and replanting vineyards ever since. In a 'mountain' vineyard the soil, exposure, and steepness vary constantly, and so we plant where it is appropriate, and where it is not we have wild and beautiful forests. The result is a marvelously complicated pattern of grapes mixed with native forest."

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By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
The price for what you're getting with this wine is unreal. This is one of the staff's favorite from the tasting and I'm sure you'll see why. The nose is full of chocolate covered blueberries, black cherries, with a light caramel and raspberry sauce. The mouthfeel is silky and luxurious, soft tannins and notes of perfectly ripe blueberries, lavender, and chocolate once again coming through. Drinking beautifully now, I expect this bottle to fly out of our warehouse at this price.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
I have long loved 2001 as a vintage in Napa Valley. It was a vintage that produced classically styled, long lived wines. Slow and steady ripening throughout the summer and into fall, allowed for great flavor and tannin development without losing that crucial acidity needed for graceful development in bottle. For mountain sites like York Creek this allowed for potential ageing in excess of 20 years. The 2001 Meritage is in a perfect spot for drinking. The fruit is now perfectly interwoven with the more secondary flavors coming to the forefront. Leather, cedar, tobacco and briary notes mingle with dusty red fruit and earth. The tannins are still present but beautifully resolved and elegant nicely elongating the wine on the palate and begging for a lamb chop. More fruit emerges with air before melding back into the tide of savory umami flavors lovers of aged Cabernet and Bordeaux style wines crave. This wine was purchased direct from the property and has been kept in a commercial wine storage its entire life - perfect provenance. And the price - $29.99 - too good...but true!
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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2019 | Send Email
Probably one of the better deals in the store right now! Here is a perfectly aged Spring Mountain Meritage, available for a song. If you are looking for great steak wine, you've found it. This lovely, mellow Meritage shows beautifully with plenty of savory elements coming into play on the palate to complement the beautiful, plummy, black fruit. The tannin is perfectly integrated and the whole flows seamlessly. I'd recommend decanting for a half hour before consuming. The wine will continue to evolve in your glass as it opens over the course of another hour after that.

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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.