Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County

89 points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County

By layering fruit from Napa's 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. Enjoy this wine's 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. Enjoy this lovely Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with steak, lamb and duck dishes, as well as flavorful cheeses.

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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.

To create Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, Tony sourced grapes from throughout Napa's finest winegrowing regions, including Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, Chiles Valley and Capell Valley. By layering fruit from Napa's 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.

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 wines' flavors and tannins. During blending, Tony called on various red grape varietals to help achieve Oberon Cabernet's lovely flavor and texture. The kiss of Petit Verdot, dash of Merlot and sprinkling of other red varietals helped to create this wine's 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.

Varietals: The 2014 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% other red varietals such as Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah.
Appellation: Napa County
Barrel Aging: 12 months in oak (45% new French oak)
Alcohol: 13.8%
pH: 3.69
TA: 6.1 g/l

Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County

Accolades

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

"...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..."
- Wine Advocate, October 2012

91 points, Editor's Choice

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

"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

2009 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. "
- James Suckling, June 2011