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2009 Favia Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(combines fruit from Meteor Vineyard, another site in Coombsville and one in Oakville):  Aromas of plum, cherry and spices.  Suave, sweet and savory, with enticing, pliant flavors of red fruits, game and sage.  Finishes lush and sweet, with very smooth tannins and lingering notes of red berries and spicecake.  More open-knit than it appeared to be in barrel a year ago, but built to age.  Incidentally, Andy Erickson and his wife, viticulturalist Annie Favia, did not make their Magdalena bottling in 2009 or 2010 as David Abreu kept the cabernet franc fruit and the cabernet sauvignon was replanted.  The Magdalena will be back in vintage 2011.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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