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2009 Saddleback Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(includes 7% each petit verdot and cabernet franc):  Good bright red-ruby.  Sexy, aromatic nose combines blackcurrant, violet, graphite, bitter chocolate and spearmint oil.  Tightly wound and youthfully medicinal, with a flavor of kirsch dominating the middle today.  Finishes savory, dry and very long, with big, palate-saturating tannins.  A small percentage of these barrels is from Virginia oak.

89-91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Very very nice!
by Fannin10580945
Bright ruby to the rim. Unusually spicy nose - maybe the Virginia oak? Excellent on the palate; good fruit without being at all over extracted. Very long finish with solid but not at all intrusive tannins. This should be an outstanding food wine. Reallly 4.5 stars. Extremely nice and balanced wine.


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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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