Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa, Red wine, Rutherford

Provenance Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Provenance Cab 2005A
Winemaker: Chris Cooney
Grape: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Verdot
Region: Rutherford, Napa, California

The majority of fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from 3 vineyards in Napa, Rutherford appellation. Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard, located on the eastern side and Provenance and Hewitt estate vineyards on the west side. To complement this blend, the winemaker used a small percentage of selected grapes from vineyards in the Calistoga and Napa Valley.

Grapes were handpicked, gently de-stemmed and cold soaked for a few days prior to slow fermentation, which helped to develop opulent color and flavor. The wine was then pressed and transferred to small oak barrels. Provenance Cabernet aged for 18 months in French and American oak.

Tasting notes:
Dark ruby wine has the aroma of black and wild berries with slight notes of espresso. It opens on the palate with bright fruit layered with dark bitter chocolate and a typical, dusty cocoa sensation of the unique Rutherford terroire.

Big in body, yet very delicate Cabernet, just the way I like it:). Gentle tannins make it approachable and great for a food pairing. Balanced, complex, not overpowered with oak. Generous, with a long finish. Lovely wine for very reasonable price from premium Cabernet location!

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 40.00

Ideal food pairing:
Grilled steak, roast beef, roasted leg of lamb, Fillet Mignon or any robust dark meat meals

Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa, Red blends, Red wine

Steltzner Claret 2007

Winemaker: Tim Dolven
Grape: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc
Region: Steags Leap District, Napa California

The fruit for this wine was sourced throughout the southern portion of Napa Valley. As grapes were ripen and harvested, each of the blocks were processed separately.

The wine than aged for 16 months in French oak. The winery flagship wine Cabernet Sauvignon that comes directly from their Stags Leap vineyard, received a high rating of 90 points in its category among few other labels, mostly 3-4 times more expensive than Steltzner.

Tasting notes:
Rich aroma of ripe plum and black cherries. Wine will offer you a mouthful of blackberries flavors in combination with mocha and smoothed out by light touch of vanilla and creamy, toasty oak. Generous tannins are promising a long, velvety finish.

Coming from Napa, but without the usual price tag, this wine is some of the best I had from this region for under $ 20.00 price tag. Picking a Claret (blend) instead of Cabernet Sauvignon from the same region is also a very wise way to get the same high quality wines but save significant amount of money. This one could be definitely considered as a recession-buster!

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 20.00

Ideal food pairing:
Steak, grilled barbeque meats, pork chops, bitter chocolate, aged cheeses