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Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015

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Full body with berry flavors and dark chocolate.

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Elizabeth Spencer Wines:
Elizabeth Spencer Wines, located in the heart of Napa Valley in Rutherford, is an artisan producer of varietal wines from some of the best wine regions in Northern California. The belief of Elizabeth Spencer is that wine should be delicious and representative of its appellation of origin. We make wines to drink - inviting wines that we, our friends and our customers truly enjoy. Elizabeth Spencer wines are characterized by intensity and purity of flavor.

Member Reviews for Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,946
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/22/2013

Full body with berry flavors and dark chocolate.


Snooth User: connie7899
439221,498
1.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/17/2014

Required decanting. Second night in the fridge was the best. Fully body, good balance. Light oak finish. Outside of this window, it was tannic.


Snooth User: smiles813
1063123323
0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/12/2012

$30.79


Snooth User: feedmetomatoes
88103030
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 07/05/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,041
0.00 5
Vintage: 2002 01/25/2010

Dry but not musky. Clean. Doesn't linger. On web site "This richly flavored red is full of ripe mulberry, black cherry and cassis, along with subtle hints of smoky oak. This is a beautifully structured and balanced effort, showcasing a lush texture and a smooth, lengthy finish. This wine will pair well with hard cheeses and roasted meats, but is balanced enough to go with some lighter dishes. Michelle"


External Reviews for Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/24/2018

Tasting Notes: A focused and fresh Cabernet with exceptional food compatibility. It has very bright aromatics with dark ripe fruit, floral notes of iris, and candied citrus peel. A lush core of ripe blackberry, juicy red and black currant is interwoven with mocha and a savory hint of black pepper. Soft tannins and bright berries linger with notes of clove, drawing into a clean, round finish. A classic example of intensity tempered by elegance and finesse. Vineyards: The fruit for our Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is selected from an array of vineyards located across Napa Valley’s finest appellations. We were privileged in 2015 to work with exceptional growers and premier vineyards in Rutherford, Oak Knoll, Calistoga, Coombsville, and Atlas Peak. This diverse assortment of vineyards allows us to produce a Cabernet Sauvignon which is truly representative of Napa Valley. Winemaking: Our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted, lightly macerated, and then given a long, cold soak to extract color and flavor from the skins. Fermentation was allowed to begin with “native” yeasts and once complete, the wine was further macerated on the skins to increase color and flavor extraction. The wine aged for 24 months in a selection of French oak barrels before being bottled unfiltered and unfined. Alcohol: 14.1%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 06/27/2017

Tasting Notes: Opening aromas of juicy blackberries, black cherries and plum with traces of violets and cedar. The palate is deep and velvety, leading with a round burst of crushed raspberries, fully ripened blackberries and perfectly balanced acidity. The round mid-palate exposes firm tannins and a complex structure that promise excellent aging potential. Fresh acidity returns to the finish, mingling with currants, sweet oak, and hints of earthy pepper. Exquisitely balanced and approachable. Vintage: 2014 was the third year in the drought cycle in the Napa Valley. Despite the dwindling water resources, it was a dream vintage, albeit an early one. Late Spring rains alleviated the need for early irrigation and a steady, mild growing season progressed without incident. Harvest was well ahead of normal, almost 2-3 weeks in some locations. Wines from this vintage are proving to be darker and more concentrated than those of 2012, yet exhibit a more luscious, approachable attitude than the 2013s. Vineyards: 2014 was the third year in the drought cycle in the Napa Valley. Despite the dwindling water resources, it was a dream vintage, albeit an early one. Late Spring rains alleviated the need for early irrigation and a steady, mild growing season progressed without incident. Harvest was well ahead of normal, almost 2-3 weeks in some locations. Wines from this vintage are proving to be darker and more concentrated than those of 2012, yet exhibit a more luscious, approachable attitude than the 2013s. Winemaking: The Classic Cuvée is a barrel selection of Cabernet Sauvignon and a small percentage of other red Bordeaux varietals, chosen to reflect a Classic Napa approach to the vinification of our most acclaimed grape. The varietals are fermented and aged separately for 12 months in French oak. Then the barrels with the silkiest tannin structure and most fruit forward aromatics are identified as candidates for the final blend. In late 2015 our cuvée was assembled put back into 20% new French oak to continue aging, until bottling in late Summer of 2016. Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Cabernet Franc 4% Petit Vedot 2% Merlot


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 06/27/2016

Winemaker's Notes: A wine with tremendous concentration and intensity of flavors. Beginning with fresh black berries, plum, violets, and cassis on the nose with a hint of leather, flint, and cinnamon. The palate is filled with brighter and fresher, red and black berries, crushed raspberries, figs, dates, and chocolate, lifted with a bright acidity, and lengthened with mouth-filling tannins. Vintage: The 2013 growing season was another great one in Napa Valley. The dry spring season kept our berry size smaller than usual yielding significant structure. The weather was generally dry, warm and consistent throughout the season, with minimal heat spikes, and harvest began in early September, making it the earliest harvest in recent record. This was a season of quantity and quality. Drink it over the next decade or more. Winemaking: Upon arrival at the winery, our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were hand-sorted. The berries were lightly macerated and then given a long, cold soak in order to extract color and flavor from the skins. Fermentation was allowed to begin with “native” yeasts. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was further macerated on the skins to increase color and flavor extraction. This also allowed the tannin structure to soften. The wine was aged for 24 months in a selection of 60-gallon French oak barrels. Underscoring our winemakong philosophy of “minimal intervention”, the wine was handled as little as possible from fermentation through barrel aging and then bottled unfiltered and unfined. As with each of our wines, winemaking decisions in the crafting of the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon are always informed by our goal of capturing and displaying this distinctive style. Though, in its essence, the consistent profile of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is largely achieved through the attentive assembly of a proprietary blend of superb grapes grown in vineyards from various appellations, at a variety of elevations, up and down the Napa Valley. Spencer Graham, our Director of Winemaking, has built long-term relationships with this handful of premiere grape growers, who share our dedication to a pursuit of excellence in winegrowing, to ensure that we achieve the highest quality fruit from each growing season. Thus, we are able to showcase the character and optimum quality offered by each vintage while consistently reflecting our own ongoing house style.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 02/19/2015

Winemaker's Notes: A wine with tremendous concentration and intensity of flavors. Beginning with fresh black berries, plum, violets, and cassis on the nose with a hint of leather, flint, and cinnamon. The palate is filled with red and black berries, crushed raspberries, figs, dates, and chocolate, lifted with a bright acidity, and lengthened with mouth-filling tannins. Vineyards: The fruit for our Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is selected from a representative array of vineyards located in the Napa Valley’s finest sub-appellations. We are privileged to work with exceptional growers with premier vineyards in St. Helena, Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and Mount Veeder. This diverse assortment of vineyards allows us to produce a Cabernet Sauvignon which is truly representative of NapaValley. Winemaking: Upon arrival at the winery, our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were hand-sorted. The berries were lightly macerated and then given a long, cold soak in order to extract color and flavor from the skins. Fermentation was allowed to begin with “native” yeasts. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was further macerated on the skins to increase color and flavor extraction. This also allowed the tannin structure to soften. The wine was aged for 24 months in a selection of 60-gallon French oak barrels. Underscoring our winemaking philosophy of “minimal intervention”, the wine was handled as little as possible from fermentation through barrel aging and then bottled unfiltered and unfined.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

Winemaker's Notes:Dark, brick red, medium-bodied. This wine has very bright aromatics with dark ripe fruit overlaid by floral notes of iris and candied citrus peel. Violet carries over into the entry and is met with hints of wild strawberry, and cassis. A lush, fruity core of ripe blackberry, juicy red and black currant is interwoven with black currant leaf, mocha and a savory hint of black pepper. Soft tannins and bright berries linger with notes of clove, drawing into a clean, round finish, with a touch of vanilla bean and mocha. Theres a refreshing brightness to the fruit from the beginning all the way through to the lingering, velvety finish. A classic example of intensity tempered by elegance and finesse.Winemaking:Upon arrival at the winery, our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were hand-sorted. The berries were lightly macerated and then given a long, cold soak in order to extract color and flavor from the skins. Fermentation was allowed to begin with native yeasts. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was further macerated on the skins to increase color and flavor extraction. This also allowed the tannin structure to soften. The wine was aged for 24 months in a selection of 60-gallon French oak barrels. Underscoring our winemaking philosophy of minimal intervention, the wine was handled as little as possible from fermentation through barrel aging and then bottled unfiltered and unfined.Vintage:2011 was a late, cool vintage for Napa Valley. Characteristics of the growing season were morning fog, unseasonably cool weather with plenty of rainfall at flowering and then, again, during harvest. Overall, the region was more than a third above normal in rainfall. The good news is that these cool conditions prolonged the ripening season, which translated into optimum flavor maturity at relatively low brix (sugar at harvest). With its thick skin and loose cluster formation, Cabernet Sauvignon is quite resilient to cool, wet weather. Our Cabernet Sauvignon developed very slowly, with even ripening which allowed for ample, ripe tannins and more typical potential alcohols. We were able to pick the grapes when they had an excellent balance between ripeness and acid and pH levels. We created a Napa Cuvee that reflects the aromatic intensity of fruit picked early, and both the tannin and color concentration that make Napa Cabernets outstanding.Vineyards:The fruit for our Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is selected from a representative array of vineyards located in the Napa Valleys finest sub-appellations. We are privileged to work with exceptional growers with premier vineyards in St. Helena, Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and Mount Veeder. This diverse assortment of vineyards allows us to produce a Cabernet Sauvignon which is truly representative of Napa Valley.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 11/01/2013

Deep, maroon red in color. The aromas are of dark, ripe red berries, and on the palate, the wine has initial notes of raspberry and wild strawberry which evolve into generous currant flavors with hints of tropical notes. There is still a brambly quality of red berry and plum, but also strawberry guava, and damson plum. The rich layered flavors are met with fine-grained, velvety soft tannins and a hint of red earth and caramel, while maintaining the impression of fresh-picked ripe fruits on the finish. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

Deep magenta in color with loads of flavor. This wine presents with our signature aromas of cassis and cigar box, with notes of dried cherries on the nose. The palate is broad and velvety. A black plum entry is balanced by a finish of black cherry and Mexican chocolate. Balanced natural acidity lends a youthful brightness and indicates that the wine will age gracefully. - Winery


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