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1994 Galleron Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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92 points Robert Parker: "The 1994 Galleron, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, is named after Whitehall Lane's winemaker, with the majority of the fruit coming from the Leonardini Vineyard. This is the top wine in the Whitehall Lane portfolio, as well as the most expensive. It exhibits a nearly opaque purple color, and sweet but reticent aromas of gloriously ripe black fruits, intermingled with lavish quantities of toasty new oak, with minerals and spice in the background. Medium to full-bodied, with outstanding concentration and purity, this wine still has considerable tannin to shed, but the tannin is sweet, and the fruit oh-so-ripe. Moreover, the texture is something to sink your palate and teeth into. The wine's finish lasts for 20-25 seconds. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and enjoy it over the next 10-15." (12/97) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth, ripe and juicy, with lots of ripe, rich, complex currant, plum and wild berry flavors. Turns complex on the finish, where it shows its depth and concentration, with flavors fanning out. 150 cases made." (09/97)

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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.