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2014 William Cole Cuvee Claire Cabernet Sauvignon

ITEM 8460753 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
6 $110
Item Sold Amount Date
I8471263 1 $110 Oct 9, 2022
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RATINGS

91-93Robert M. Parker Jr.

...delicious, with beautiful black raspberry, blackcurrant fruit and a hint of kirsch all present in this medium to full-bodied, sexy, lush wine that coats the palate with velvety suppleness.

PRODUCER

William Cole

William Cole Vineyards was founded in 2002 in St. Helena, in Napa Valley. Located in one of the area’s original 19th century wineries, William Cole is owned and operated by William and Jane Ballentine. William, a fourth-generation Napa Valley vintner, is also the winemaker. William previously worked for Gallo, his father’s Ballentine Vineyards, and St. Clements Vineyards, all of Napa. Their family enterprise is named after their son, Cole, and one of their cuvees is named after their daughter Claire. So far the small producer makes just one cuvee, a Cabernet Sauvignon.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.