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Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon
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Wine Details

Vineyard

Avalon

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From 2013 Vintage) From the mountain peaks to the valley floor, Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the ultimate expression of this unrivaled wine region. We searched high and low for the lush flavors found in our Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Napa Valley offers the ultimate combination of power from the mountains and finesse from the valley. Our Napa Valley Cabernet reveals layers of red cherries and blackberries, backed by vanilla and toasted oak.

Winemaker's Notes

There’s nothing quite like waking up to floods on New Year’s Eve day to start a year. Rains flooded Northern California and the rest of the state and continued long enough to delay bud break. Then, as if written in a movie script, warm summer days helped move grapes into a normal harvest timeline. Cooler days in August and September let the grapes hang and fully develop ripe, rich flavors. Harvest stretched into late October and never pushed winemakers with too much fruit on the crush pad read more...There’s nothing quite like waking up to floods on New Year’s Eve day to start a year. Rains flooded Northern California and the rest of the state and continued long enough to delay bud break. Then, as if written in a movie script, warm summer days helped move grapes into a normal harvest timeline. Cooler days in August and September let the grapes hang and fully develop ripe, rich flavors. Harvest stretched into late October and never pushed winemakers with too much fruit on the crush pad. Slower days gave Winemaker Alex Cose greater opportunities to get the most out of every lot. After read more...a gentle crushing and destemming, the grapes were moved to stainless steel tanks for three days of soaking. This helped extract color and fruit flavors before we inoculated with yeast. After 10-14 days of primary fermentation, the wine was pressed and aged in French and American oak barrels for 14 months before bottling. The Central Coast once again comprises the core of our wine. Grapes from vineyards in Santa Barbara up through Monterey make up 74 percent of the blend. Alex maintains contracts for much of the grapes. All during harvest, he sees the wine 3 to 4 years into the future and the best way to get there through additional grape sourcing, blending and other winemaking protocols. Our 2006 blend included Paso Robles Merlot for a lush fruit middle; Syrah for its blueberry note; Tempranillo with its exotic spice; and Zinfandel for a jammy note. The nose shows cherry pie, rhubarb, boysenberry jam, and a hint of rosemary. French oak adds a touch of vanilla and nutmeg. The wine drinks of juicy blue and black fruit flavors with subtle oak to round and balance the wine. Composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 7% Syrah, 3% Tempranillo, 1% Zinfandel (hide)

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    nose: dark fruit mostly plum mild taste: dark fruit present tannin, pleasantly acidic. finish: opening dark fruit with moderately lasting tannin, acidity strengthens.

    over 4 years
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    dry but fruity

    about 6 years
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    plum, berries, smooth with a dry finish

    about 5 years
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    Harry Braunstein brought to dinner.

    over 5 years
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    too fruity. not as dry

    over 5 years
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    smooth, very drinkable

    over 6 years
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    On sale at CM

    about 6 years
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    very good

    over 5 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 2012 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 11/20/2014
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 82/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/04