2010 Amici Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

About the Wine
:  A blend from two of Napa Valley’s premier sub-appellations, this 2010 Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon contains 75% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Rutherford Bench and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Yountville, with a splash of Petit Verdot for additional depth and complexity.

2010 Vintage:  Often called Napa’s “European Vintage,” the 2010 growing season was mild and temperate, without sustained heat spikes during the summer growing season. These mild temperatures resulted in elegant wines with structure and moderate alcohol levels. Fruit flavors are well-developed and balanced in this vintage, leading to wines that will age gracefully for many years.

Winemaker Notes:  This plush, seductive Cabernet features classic Rutherford Bench flavors of black cherry, cassis and ripe plum layered with subtle notes of licorice and mocha. Beautifully balanced, with smooth, well-integrated tannins and wonderful ripeness, the wine drinks beautifully now but will age gracefully for 8-10 years. - Joel Aiken

Alcohol: 14.5%

Appellation: Napa Valley

Barrel Aging: Aged in 50% new French oak barrels, 18-20 months

Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Product Reviews

"Rich and ripely flavored, this is an impressive Cabernet, especially at the price. It is full bodied and very long on the palate, with a mildy tannic finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of cassis, tobacco, blackberry, plum jam, cedar, and toast. Remarkable Napa Cab value!"
Restaurant Wine, February 2014

"This classic Napa Cabernet (with a splash of Petit Verdot) is elegant, streamlined and absolutely lovely to drink now. It’s dry and balanced in acidity and tannins, and has rich layers of cassis, mocha, plums and toast. 91 Points"
— Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, February 2014 issue

"The deep ruby/plum/purple-tinged 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers notes of cassis, blueberries, graphite and toasty vanillin. A nicely proportioned, medium to full-bodied, seriously endowed, elegant, restrained wine with admirable purity, it can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years. 90 points" 
— Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2013

"Dark ruby with a magenta-violet rim; black currants, raspberries and cherries, juicy, spicy, lots of graphite and lavender; that gratifying blend of ripe fruit and a rigorously tannic and mineral-tinged structure; oak providing a firm framework and foundation; lithe, almost sinewy, quite dry, even a little austere but lively, attractive, with an engaging personality. Now through 2018 to ’20. Excellent."
— Frederic Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head wine blog, 2/23/14

"If anyone knows how to treat Rutherford Bench fruit, it’s Joel Aiken. Here’s a wine you can enjoy now or lay down for up to 10 years. After impressing with a gorgeous perfumy nose, the wine displays layers of fruit on the palate, most notably plums and black cherries. It’s still a baby and a real bargain for Napa Valley cab." 
— Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register, 8/15/13

“Wine Pick of the Week, 8/26/13:  We found it dense in flavor and not yet yielding the subtlety and nuance it will show will show with a little more age. Dark fruit predominates—Santa Rosa plums, blackberries and black cherries with just a bit of cassis. There are also some licorice and light chocolate notes in the background. At $45, this is a relative bargain for quality Napa Valley Cabernet.” 
— www.tastecaliforniatravel.com, 8/26/13

"The cool 2010 growing season allowed for a more European style Cabernet, medium-bodied with juicy acidity. The aromas are rich with notes of blackberry, blueberry and dark spice. Integrated tannins create a pleasant mouth-feel offering flavors of blackberry, black fruit, plum, black cherry, dark chocolate and dark spice. Hints of espresso in the long finish.” 
— Bacchus & Beery, July 2014

"What’s not to love here? Aromatic, with ripe dark berry flavors laced with mocha, tobacco, herb, a touch of pencil lead mineral. With a long, complex, balanced finish. Should age beautifully but is also awfully good now.” 
— 101 Pairings, July 2014

Retail Price : $45.00


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