Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa County

Napa Valley native and winemaker, Tony Coltrin, brings more than 40 years of winemaking experience to Oberon, with expertise in sourcing quality fruit from the best vineyards in the valley and understanding the regionís uniqueness for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. His long-standing relationships with local growers ensure a consistency in the quality of the grapes grown in premier Napa sub-appellations for Oberon. The 2013 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% other red varietals such as Merlot, Petit Verdotand Syrah.

Vintage

Despite the lack of rain during the spring, Napa Valley had an excellent growing season and a harvest that provided an abundance of quality grapes. From spring bud break, through flowering, fruit set, and ripening, conditions were ideal. A consistent stretch of warm summer weather with a few large heat spikes, and plenty of cool and foggy nights, helped to ripen grapes our Oberon grapes to perfection.

Vineyards

To create Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, Tony sourced grapes from throughout Napaís finest winegrowing regions, including Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, Chiles Valley and Capell Valley. By layering fruit from Napaís volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor, Tony accomplished his goal of marrying many different expressions into one outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon that boasts a beautifully seamless mouthfeel and rich, complex texture and flavors.

Winemaking

After the grapes were gently hand-harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, the Cabernet fermented in stainless steel tanks, with an extended post-fermentation maceration. Malolactic fermentation with French oak, combined with 14 months aging (45% new French oak), helped to marry the winesí flavors and tannins. During blending, Tony called on various red grape varietals to help achieve Oberon Cabernetís lovely flavor and texture. The kiss of Petit Verdot, dash of Merlot and sprinkling of other red varietals helped to create this wineís deep rich colors, supple tannins, and vibrant black cherry, candied blackberry and spices. A hint of coffee and dark chocolate create a lingering and delightful finish.

Reviews

90 Points - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
"From Michael Mondaviís portfolio, this affordable Cabernet is concentrated in red berry and savory leather, a nod to the small amounts of Syrah and Petite Sirah that are included in the blend. French oak provides a hint of vanilla and cardamom, while the medium-bodied palate and attractive finish is washed in coffee."
-Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

Gold Medal - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
-Houston Livestock Rodeo Competition, January 2016

90 Points - 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
"Sourced from all over the Napa Valley, this wine blends 87% Cabernet Sauvignon with 1% Syrah and other unnamed red varieties. The effort works, resulting in a glass of concentrated red cherry, herb and spice, the tannins tight yet approachable enough for the wine to remain juicy."
-Wine Enthusiast, January 2015

89 Points - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
"The nearly outstanding 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley boasts a dense ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a floral-scented nose backed up by aromas of vanillin, black currants, licorice, underbrush, forest floor and cedar. This complex, good Cabernet Sauvignon represents exceptionally good value. Drink it over the next 2-4 years. "
-Wine Advocate, August 2013

90 Points - 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
"Another winner is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with other Bordeaux varietals, it offers up notes of black currants, vanilla, tobacco leaf, cedar and spice box. Ripe, rich and medium-bodied, with loads of fruit and a heady finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years."
-Wine Advocate, October 2012

91 Points, Editor's Choice - 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
"This release represents a gigantic leap forward for Oberon in their basic Cabernet Sauvignon. Past releases have been so-so. This one's terrific. Blended from vineyards all over the valley, it shows all the hallmarks of a Napa Cab you want. It's dry, full-bodied and impressively ripe in blackberries, currants, licorice and oak, with a long, smooth finish."
- Wine Enthusiast, February 2012

90 Points - 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
"This is subtle and delicate with delicate fruit, but a little mature already. Full body, with a nice balance of fruit and toasted oak, medium tannins and a clean finish. Very drinkable now."
- James Suckling, June 2011

Food Pairings

Enjoy this lovely Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with steak, lamb and duck dishes, as well as flavorful cheeses.
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Wine Facts

Varietals: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.7% Petite Verdot, 2.5% Merlot, 1.9% Syrah, 1.8% Petite Sirah, 5.1% Field blend
Appellation: Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: 12 months in oak (45% new French oak)
Wine Stats: Alcohol 13.77%, TA 6.1 g/L, pH 3.69