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B Side Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Don Sebastiani has a Napa Valley pedigree a mile long. But in his long career he has proven that Napa Valley wines, a. don’t have to be expensive and b. don’t have to be predictable. The idea of a “B side” is that it’s not the smash hit that you bought the record for but sometimes it delivers just as much in a less conventional way. This is exactly what B Side Cab is all about. It tells the story of the flip-side of Napa Valley. The eastern side of Napa Valley includes areas such as Pope Valley, Chiles Valley, Wooden Valley. Vines in these areas are grown in thin volcanic soils, which yield small, concentrated fruit. Combine these “off the beaten track” grapes with some from Oak Knoll, Calistoga and Yountville and you can make a killer Cab for a value price that really delivers. This 2012 is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot. It was aged in 80% new French oak barrels for 14 months. The wine shows aromas of blackberry, sweet tobacco leaf and notes of caramel. It’s complex and subtle with black currant, black cherry, toasted almond and dark chocolate notes. Supple and balanced it’s a wine that drinks beautifully today and will also reward cellaring. It won Gold Medals in both the San Diego and Riverside International Wine Competitions. A Super value.

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Don Sebastiani & Sons:
  To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While Don Sebastiani and Sons wasn’t founded until 2001, Samuele Sebastiani created a winery in 1904, and started growing the company, as well as the town of Sonoma. Over the years, the winery changed hands many times, but it always stayed within the family. By 2000, the winery was producing eig... Read more
  To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While Don Sebastiani and Sons wasn’t founded until 2001, Samuele Sebastiani created a winery in 1904, and started growing the company, as well as the town of Sonoma. Over the years, the winery changed hands many times, but it always stayed within the family. By 2000, the winery was producing eight million cases of wine a year. However, at that time, Don Sebastiani sold many of the assets and kept only the family brand and the Sonoma winery and vineyards. Though he stepped down as CEO and Chairman in 2000, that wasn’t the end for him. In 2001, he and his sons, Donny and August, founded Don Sebastiani and Sons, eventually growing production back up to two million cases annually. Today, Greg Kitchens and Michelle McClendon, winemakers for Don Sebastiani and Sons, strive to produce high-end wine at affordable prices. They don’t just source grapes from California - they’ve also formed partnerships to create Australian and Chilean blends, further expanding the company’s reach and complexity. Read less

External Reviews for B Side Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
02/11/2015

Don Sebastiani has a Napa Valley pedigree a mile long. But in his long career he has proven that Napa Valley wines, a. don’t have to be expensive and b. don’t have to be predictable. The idea of a “B side” is that it’s not the smash hit that you bought the record for but sometimes it delivers just as much in a less conventional way. This is exactly what B Side Cab is all about. It tells the story of the flip-side of Napa Valley. The eastern side of Napa Valley includes areas such as Pope Valley, Chiles Valley, Wooden Valley. Vines in these areas are grown in thin volcanic soils, which yield small, concentrated fruit. Combine these “off the beaten track” grapes with some from Oak Knoll, Calistoga and Yountville and you can make a killer Cab for a value price that really delivers. This 2012 is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot. It was aged in 80% new French oak barrels for 14 months. The wine shows aromas of blackberry, sweet tobacco leaf and notes of caramel. It’s complex and subtle with black currant, black cherry, toasted almond and dark chocolate notes. Supple and balanced it’s a wine that drinks beautifully today and will also reward cellaring. It won Gold Medals in both the San Diego and Riverside International Wine Competitions. A Super value.


External Review
Source: The Wine Closet
07/16/2013

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