Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa County, California

Despite receiving close to 75% of normal rainfall, the warmer and dryer than usual winter season, resulted in an early bud break that coupled with a cool spring and long flowering period resulted in an uneven fruit set. Temperatures through the first half of the growing season were even and warm, giving way to repeated heat surges in the final ripening weeks that pushed the harvest ahead by 2 weeks. This weather pattern resulted in smaller than usual clusters and a lighter than usual crop of beautiful rich character.

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, winemaker Tony used various red grape varieties to help achieve Oberon Cabernet’s lovely flavor and texture.With a kiss of Syrah, a dash of Merlot and sprinkling of Zinfandel he helped to create Oberon’s deep colors, supple tannins, and vibrant black cherry, candied blackberry and spices.A hint of coffee and dark chocolate create a lingering and delightful finish.

94% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% other red varietals (Oakville Merlot, Dry Creek Syrah and Lake County Zinfandel) Alcohol 13.77% TA 6.1g/L pH 3.69

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.

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. The 2014 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% other red varietals such as Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah.

Tasting Notes

This outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon 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.

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.

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, winemaker Tony Coltrin used various red grape varieties to help achieve Oberon Cabernet’s lovely flavor and texture.With a kiss of Petit Verdot, a dash of Merlot and sprinkling of other red varieties helped to create Oberon’s deep colors, supple tannins, and vibrant black cherry, candied blackberry and spices. A hint of coffee and dark chocolate create a lingering and delightful finish.

Alcohol 13.77% TA 6.1g/L pH 3.69

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.

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. The 2013 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% other red varietals such as Merlot, Petit Verdotand Syrah.

Tasting Notes

Tony added juice of various red grape varietals to help achieve Oberon Cabernet’s lovely flavor and texture. The kiss of Petite Verdot, dash of Merlot and sprinkling of other red varietals helped to create this wine’s deep ruby colors, silky tannins, and vibrant red cherry, candied blackberry, and spice flavors. A hint of coffee and dark chocolate create a lingering and delightful finish.

2013 is being called a “early, even and excellent” vintage for Napa Valley. Extremely low rainfall, long stretches of warm summer days, and foggy and cool evenings helped to assist in perfectly ripening our Oberon grapes. Due to the wonderful growing conditions, our vineyards produced nearly 30% higher volume of perfectly ripened grapes than the previous three years, allowing us to pick the fruit at the optimum time, providing us juice that shows the ripe flavors and high quality that Napa has to offer.

After the grapes were gently hand-harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, the Cabernet juice fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with an extended post-fermentation maceration. Malolactic fermentation in French oak, combined with 14 months aging (45% new French oak), helped to marry the wines’ flavors and tannins. During blending, Tony added juice of various red grape varietals to help achieve Oberon Cabernet’s lovely flavor and texture. The kiss of Petite Verdot, dash of Merlot and sprinkling of other red varietals helped to create this wine’s deep ruby colors, silky tannins, and vibrant red cherry, candied blackberry, and spice flavors. A hint of coffee and dark chocolate create a lingering and delightful finish.

Alcohol 13.77% TA 5.65 g/L pH 3.77

To create Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, Tony sourced grapes from throughout Napa’s finest winegrowing regions, including Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, Wooden Valley, Chiles Valley, and our own Oso Vineyard at the northeastern end of Napa 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.

88

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2014 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2017

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86

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2013 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, August 2015

"The two Bordeaux reds from Oberon are competent and above-average quality wines that are reasonably priced, especially coming from Napa Valley. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa is aged 14 months in about 45% new French oak and is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot, Merlot and touch of Syrah and Petite Sirah. This well-made wine reveals a deep ruby/plum color and a sweet nose of black and red currants, licorice and tobacco leaf. It is medium-bodied and best drunk over the next 2-3 years."

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2013 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

"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."

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