Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County

91 points

James Suckling

2016 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 region’s 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.

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Another year of drought conditions and a continued warm, dry winter season, resulted in an early bud break. Drought coupled with a cool Spring and long flowering period lead to uneven fruit set, smaller grape clusters and another year of lighter than usual crop. Temperatures throughout the growing season were a bit of a rollercoaster of hot and cold, forcing the fruit to ripen in waves. Despite the weather and light crop, we were able to harvest a crop offering beautiful rich character. We completed harvest before the October rains, which made the Napa Valley wetter than we’ve seen in a decade.

To create Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, Tony sourced grapes from throughout Napa’s finest winegrowing regions, including Oakville, Oak Knoll, Yountville, Chiles Valley and Capell Valley. By layering fruit from Napa’s sparse volcanic 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.

After the grapes were gently hand-harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, the Cabernet Sauvignon 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 wine’s flavors and tannins. During blending, Tony looks to other complimentary varieties to help express Oberon Cabernet’s lovely flavor and texture. With a kiss of Syrah, a dash of Merlot he helped to create Oberon’s deep colors, supple silky tannins, and vibrant black cherry, candied blackberry and spices. A hint of coffee and dark chocolate create a lingering and delightful finish.

Varietals: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% other blending varietals
Appellation: Napa County
Alcohol: 13.7%
pH: 3.77
TA: 5.79 g/l

Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County

Accolades

91 points

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

"A slightly old-school cab with lots of ripe fruit, soft tannins and a savory finish. Shows some tension and energy at the end. Fun. Drink now or hold"
- James Suckling, May 2017

89 points

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

"Offers immediate charm, with a ripe, juicy core of zesty wild berry and blackberry fruit, shaded by light cedary oak and joined by dusty, loamy earth accents. Pleasant finish."
- James Laube, Wine Spectator, November 2017

90 points

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

"From Michael Mondavi's 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

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

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."
- Wine Advocate, August 2013

90 points

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points, Editor's Choice

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

90 points

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

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