Oberon News & Reviews

Oberon Napa Valley wines

"Best All-Around Value Portfolio"
"Oberon ‘Best All-Around Value Portfolio’: Oberon, part of Michael Mondavi’s Folio global wine group, offers a refreshing sauvignon blanc, a supple merlot and a velvety cabernet sauvignon."
- The San Diego Union Tribune, May 5, 2010

Oberon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

89 Points - 2011 Vintage
" 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 Vintage
"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 Vintage
"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 Vintage
"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

Recommended - 2008 Vintage
Over 200 restaurants around the country—all ranked among Zagat Survey’s most popular restaurants— participated in Wine & Spirits 21st Annual Restaurant Poll. Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon was ranked #11 out of the 25 most popular Cabernet Sauvignons.
-Wine & Spirits, April 2009

Oberon Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

93 Points, Cellar Selection - 2007 Vintage
" There's quite an impressive Cabernet in here, but it's nowhere near ready to drink now. All the parts are there: rich, pure tannins, ripe blackberry and currant fruit, sweet toasty oak and a fine edge of acidity. But it all needs time to knit together. Hold until around 2014 and see what happens."
- Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

4/5 Stars - 2005 Vintage
"Wonderful, exotic, brooding blackberry and liquorice nose. Full and lush, wonderful texture and balance. Silky and creamy, complex and very polished."
- Decanter, January 2009

91 Points - 2005 Vintage
"Dark and intense, deeply concentrated and tightly focused, showing a complex mix of dried currant, wild berry, savory herb and spice notes, with a dash of cedary, smoky, toasty oak. Firmly tannic. Drink now through 2015."
- J.L., Wine Spectator, April 23, 2008

Oberon Napa Valley Merlot

89 Points - 2009 Vintage
"The biggest surprise was the brilliant 2009 Merlot (92% Merlot, 7% Syrah and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon). This delicious effort displays a dense ruby/purple color in addition to white chocolate, mocha, black cherry and cassis aromas and flavors. This lush, succulent, medium-bodied sleeper of the vintage should drink well for 3-5 years."
-Wine Advocate, October 2012

Oberon Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

89 Points - 2012 Vintage
" This is a very intense, laser-like 2012 Sauvignon Blanc with zesty notes of figs, citrus oil, melon and grapefruit. Fresh, ripe and in-your-face, not everyone will find this as attractive as I did, but it is a classic, authentic Sauvignon to drink over the next year."
-Wine Adovcate, August 2013

88 Points - 2011 Vintage
" These excellent offerings include the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (100% Sauvignon Blanc), which exhibits plenty of fig, melon and honeyed grapefruit characteristics. Enjoy this medium-bodied, crisp, fresh Sauvignon over the next 1-2 years."
-Wine Advocate, October 2012

90 Points, Editor's Choice - 2010 Vintage
"With a touch of green grass and gooseberry, this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc features richer flavors of pineapples, lemons, limes, honeysuckle and vanilla. It's a streamlined, elegant wine, at a very good price."
- Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

85 Points - 2009 Vintage
"This is a dry, simple Sauvignon Blanc. It's marked by crisp acidity and zesty citrus fruit and green grass flavors. Feels clean, vibrant and mouthwatering."
- Wine Enthusiast, March 2011