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2010 Plumpjack McWilliams Oakville Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Screwcap)

Removed from subterranean passive storage; Purchased upon release

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

99The Wine Advocate

...gorgeous perfume of spring flowers, blueberry liqueur and creme de cassis, a skyscraper-like texture without heaviness, full body and beautiful purity as well as depth.

92Wine Spectator

Offers richness, depth, finesse and elegance, with pure dark berry, mocha, cherry and plum fruit that's direct and snappy, with a long, cleansing finish.

92-94Vinous / IWC

Wild, highly nuanced aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis, chocolate, espresso, licorice, game and tobacco.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Oakville

Oakville AVA is one of the two or three most prestigious appellations in the United States. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, its 5,000 vineyard acres produce some of the world’s most acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, including such California “cult” Cabs as Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate. Before those boutique producers rose to fame in the 1990s, Oakville was already renowned as home to Robert Mondavi, Opus One and Groth Vineyards, among others. Along with the famous wineries, there are premier vineyards in this AVA, including Martha’s Vineyard and To Kalon Vineyard. To Kalon was first planted in 1868 by H.W. Crabb, one of California’s first viticultural researchers, and he named the vineyard after the ancient Greek phrase for “most beautiful.” Though many grapes can be successfully grown in Oakville, Cabernet Sauvignon is king. Merlot and Chardonnay are also frequently planted. Oakville Cabs are prized for their richness, complexity and weight. Oakville was designated as an AVA in 1993.

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.

VINTAGE

2010 Plumpjack McWilliams Oakville Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Screwcap)

Formally known as McWilliams Mt. Eden Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.