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Century Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This really smells like an old campfire with aromas of burning marshmallow, charred wood, cedar shavings, black currant fruit, roasted green chilies and a touch of violet. Nice and focused on entry this is well balanced with a bright, fresh feel and soft tannins supporting the crisp black currant and black cherry fruit. There’s some gentle wood spice adding complexity on the palate, with a bit of mocha and mint on the moderately long finish. Easy drinking yet nicely put together and well structured for pairing with a meal. 87pts

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Housley's Century Oak Winery:
Like most successful wine families, the Housley's began in the industry working the soil. Our Chardonnay grapes just outside Napa Valley's Stag Leap District received high marks and provided high quality fruit to several wineries. After about 15 years, the family decided that the Lodi Appellation offered a tremendous growing opportunity, in an area traditionally known as California's largest and first wine country.

Editorial Reviews for Century Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.50 5
11/09/2010

This really smells like an old campfire with aromas of burning marshmallow, charred wood, cedar shavings, black currant fruit, roasted green chilies and a touch of violet. Nice and focused on entry this is well balanced with a bright, fresh feel and soft tannins supporting the crisp black currant and black cherry fruit. There’s some gentle wood spice adding complexity on the palate, with a bit of mocha and mint on the moderately long finish. Easy drinking yet nicely put together and well structured for pairing with a meal. 87pts


Member Reviews for Century Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

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Snooth User: ttougas
38824225
3.00 5
03/13/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: dbhonig
283711,150
1.50 5
Vintage: 2003 02/15/2009

The nose is very vegetal, lots of green pepper and cut stalks. Blackcurrants and some blueberries peek out from the green. Finally there is a hint of vanilla under the fruit and the vegetation.The palate is also very vegetal. If I tried this blind I would guess it was from South America, with the distinctive green pepper taste. Blackcurrants and vanilla are there too, flopping on the edge of sharp hard tannins. I am not loving this wine. Can you tell? But don't give up too fast. I will give it a second look tomorrow night.NIGHT TWOThe nose is still weedy, all cuttings and green pepper. On the palate, well, it did not get better. I can, however, describe this perfectly. First, grind up some oak very fine, down to powder. In a separate bowl combine the juice of 1/2 a cup of blackberries and one small plum (save the skin) with a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Now poke small holes in the plum skin and, using it as a seive to catch the blackberry pips, pour it into the bowl with the oak powder. Stir well. Drink. But only if you must.


Snooth User: jfoland
42027394
5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/01/2008

Five glasses


Snooth User: adeala
260126102
3.50 5
Vintage: 2002 09/20/2009

Three and a half glasses



<p>In the past 8 years, Housley&rsquo;s Century Oak Winery has won over 150 medals and awards. While winery was officially founded in 2000, the Housley family has been growing wine grapes in the Napa Valley and Acampo/Lodi region for over thirty years.</p>


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