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Plumpjack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2015

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Vintage: The 2015 vintage will be remembered for being hot, light, and early. Yet another year with a warm, dry winter and early budbreak. A fourth consecutive year of drought seems to be affecting the vines, as there were fewer clusters on each shoot than is typical. To exacerbate this, a cool May, when the clusters were flowering, resulted in poor pollination, and even less fruit on the vine. The light crop and hot summer and fall resulted in an earlier than normal harvest. Though early and scarce, the quality of the 2015 wines is once again out of this world. Fermentation & Aging: The Estate grapes were cold soaked for a period of 3-4 days and then fermented up to a maximum temperature of 94 degrees. The wines from each block on our Estate developed incredible tannin, color, and flavor concentration in a very short time, and the wines were drained off the skins after a total maceration of only 7 – 12 days. The wine was then racked to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation and to age. This wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 80% of which were new. The coopers used were primarily Sylvain, Taransaud, Nadalie, and Seguin Moreau. The cooperage is a blend of medium, medium-plus, and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests. This blend of coopers, forests, and toasts lends the wine more layers and aromatic complexity. Winemaker Impressions: A classic vintage in the making, the 2015 wines are voluptuous, racy and textured – cornerstones of our Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe raspberry and wild black cherry fragrances flow from the glass, followed by wispy notes of blueberry pie, dried sage leaves and vanilla bean. Rich raspberry jam and baked cherry pie tastes take center stage of this dark, structured, full-bodied wine and are chased by secondary flavor components of mint chocolate, iron shavings, blackberry cobbler and French vanilla mocha latte. Despite the hot growing season and another consecutive drought year, the wine possess an energizing freshness while simultaneously balancing the wines natural acidity and density – creating a wine worthy of aging twenty-plus years but capable of enjoying now. Varietals/Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Petit Verdot 5% Malbec Alcohol: 15.4% ** Only 2 in Stock **

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PlumpJack Winery:
All fourteen of the PlumpJack business enterprises thrive on the unique philosophy of the company's "core ideology," designed to initiate the roguish spirit of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff (Henry IV), dubbed Plump Jack by Queen Elizabeth-hence the company name. Closer to home, San Francisco composer and philanthropist, Gordon Getty, wrote an opera he called "Plump Jack." The fun-loving and i... Read more
All fourteen of the PlumpJack business enterprises thrive on the unique philosophy of the company's "core ideology," designed to initiate the roguish spirit of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff (Henry IV), dubbed Plump Jack by Queen Elizabeth-hence the company name. Closer to home, San Francisco composer and philanthropist, Gordon Getty, wrote an opera he called "Plump Jack." The fun-loving and irreverent spirit of PlumpJack clearly excited the sensibilities of Gordon's close friend and business associate, Gavin Newsom. Read less

Member Reviews for Plumpjack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

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2.50 5
Vintage: 2004 09/30/2009

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: Mackey
3670468
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 11/29/2007

Four glasses


Snooth User: 97mjr
339902,159
0.00 5
Vintage: 2002 03/04/2009

[Sparks] Not decanted; drank over 3 hrs. Initially it was very tight. Floral aromas with some licorice. On the palate earthy licorice, mint, a hint of red fruitand oak; big tannins. Solid structure. If you have it hold if for at least 2 years, should age nicely in the short term. I personally would not buy more, but I am biased b/c I find the winery staff very rude. though KAB enjoyed it giving it 93. My score 89-91.


Snooth User: spun69
27420868
3.50 5
Vintage: 2001 12/26/2010

Had been saving this bottle from trip to Napa, paid $58 at the time. Very smooth with long finish. Lovely nose with hits of leather. Paired with beef Wellington for Christmas dinner, was a real treat.


0.00 5
Vintage: 2000 11/14/2008

This is a previous selection of Gold Medal Wine Club- Platinum Series. In the proverbial wine-world, PlumpJack is what is known as a cult-winery, with their wines quickly scooped up at $130.00 per bottle upon release. Some of you may recall that they set the wine-industry on its ear by bottling their top-end wine with screw-tops to eliminate any chance for cork-taint. The 2000 PlumpJack Oakville Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon is the inaugural release of their newest Cabernet Sauvignon. It is available only through the winery, through the Platinum Series and a few select restaurants where it sells for up to $20.00 by the glass. This Cabernet has aromas of chocolate, black cherry lavender and currants that jump out of the glass. On the palate are deeply fruited flavors with hints of cheery, chocolate, mint and sage. This is a 100% Cabernet blend from two prestigious Oakville vineyards, Tok-a-lon and Vineyard X. While it is very enjoyable now, it will only get better over the next 8 to 10 years.


Snooth User: jbohart
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 02/17/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081449
4.00 5
Vintage: 1996 02/25/2009

Opaque and brooding, nose was a bit restrained, but with some time there was the usual suspects of tar and red & black fruits. The palate had shown a medium bodied mouthfeel with some class, but always seemed kicked down a notch. Quiet and refined, there was nothing that screamed loudy. Balanced and nicely structured. There was black currant, bleckcherry, raspberry, leather, soy, and a touch of menthol...just a touch. A intertwined tannin and acid level that acted like a tight wire, but not as taut as it could be. Theres a little play and one senses the balance a bit fragile for it. Feminine and pretty though. Decent finish.


External Reviews for Plumpjack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

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Source: We Speak Wine
03/06/2018

Vintage: The 2015 vintage will be remembered for being hot, light, and early. Yet another year with a warm, dry winter and early budbreak. A fourth consecutive year of drought seems to be affecting the vines, as there were fewer clusters on each shoot than is typical. To exacerbate this, a cool May, when the clusters were flowering, resulted in poor pollination, and even less fruit on the vine. The light crop and hot summer and fall resulted in an earlier than normal harvest. Though early and scarce, the quality of the 2015 wines is once again out of this world. Fermentation & Aging: The Estate grapes were cold soaked for a period of 3-4 days and then fermented up to a maximum temperature of 94 degrees. The wines from each block on our Estate developed incredible tannin, color, and flavor concentration in a very short time, and the wines were drained off the skins after a total maceration of only 7 – 12 days. The wine was then racked to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation and to age. This wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 80% of which were new. The coopers used were primarily Sylvain, Taransaud, Nadalie, and Seguin Moreau. The cooperage is a blend of medium, medium-plus, and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests. This blend of coopers, forests, and toasts lends the wine more layers and aromatic complexity. Winemaker Impressions: A classic vintage in the making, the 2015 wines are voluptuous, racy and textured – cornerstones of our Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe raspberry and wild black cherry fragrances flow from the glass, followed by wispy notes of blueberry pie, dried sage leaves and vanilla bean. Rich raspberry jam and baked cherry pie tastes take center stage of this dark, structured, full-bodied wine and are chased by secondary flavor components of mint chocolate, iron shavings, blackberry cobbler and French vanilla mocha latte. Despite the hot growing season and another consecutive drought year, the wine possess an energizing freshness while simultaneously balancing the wines natural acidity and density – creating a wine worthy of aging twenty-plus years but capable of enjoying now. Varietals/Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Petit Verdot 5% Malbec Alcohol: 15.4% ** Only 2 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
07/20/2018

Vintage: The 2015 vintage will be remembered for being hot, light, and early. Yet another year with a warm, dry winter and early budbreak. A fourth consecutive year of drought seems to be affecting the vines, as there were fewer clusters on each shoot than is typical. To exacerbate this, a cool May, when the clusters were flowering, resulted in poor pollination, and even less fruit on the vine. The light crop and hot summer and fall resulted in an earlier than normal harvest. Though early and scarce, the quality of the 2015 wines is once again out of this world. Fermentation & Aging: The Estate grapes were cold soaked for a period of 3-4 days and then fermented up to a maximum temperature of 94 degrees. The wines from each block on our Estate developed incredible tannin, color, and flavor concentration in a very short time, and the wines were drained off the skins after a total maceration of only 7 – 12 days. The wine was then racked to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation and to age. This wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 80% of which were new. The coopers used were primarily Sylvain, Taransaud, Nadalie, and Seguin Moreau. The cooperage is a blend of medium, medium-plus, and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests. This blend of coopers, forests, and toasts lends the wine more layers and aromatic complexity. Winemaker Impressions: A classic vintage in the making, the 2015 wines are voluptuous, racy and textured – cornerstones of our Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe raspberry and wild black cherry fragrances flow from the glass, followed by wispy notes of blueberry pie, dried sage leaves and vanilla bean. Rich raspberry jam and baked cherry pie tastes take center stage of this dark, structured, full-bodied wine and are chased by secondary flavor components of mint chocolate, iron shavings, blackberry cobbler and French vanilla mocha latte. Despite the hot growing season and another consecutive drought year, the wine possess an energizing freshness while simultaneously balancing the wines natural acidity and density – creating a wine worthy of aging twenty-plus years but capable of enjoying now. Varietals/Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Petit Verdot 5% Malbec Alcohol: 15.4% ** Only 1 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 09/30/2016

VINTAGE: Mother Nature defines each vintage for a fine wine, and the 2013 vintage is no exception. In the winter of 2013, we saw above average temperatures and little rainfall in the Napa Valley. The warm, dry weather was persistent, and the results were significant. We saw early budbreak, smaller grapevine canopies, and less fruit than normal. Also, the grapes were smaller and had much thicker skins than we typically see. These grapes were packed with flavor, and the color, intensity, and concentration was out of this world. Needless to say, these grapes resulted in spectacular wines that are rich, bold, and highly structured. FERMENTATION & AGING: The Estate grapes were cold soaked for a period of 2-4 days and then fermented up to a maximum temperature of 94 degrees. The high concentration of tannin, color, and flavor in our estate grapes resulted in wines that reached desired extraction in a very short time, and the wines were drained off the skins after a total maceration of only 7 – 12 days. The wine was then racked to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation and to age. This wine was aged in 80% new French Oak barrels. The coopers used were primarily Sylvain, Taransaud, Nadalie, and Seguin Moreau. These barrels are a blend of M+ and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests. This blend of coopers, forests, and toasts lends the wine more layers and aromatic complexity. WINE MAKER IMPRESSIONS: The warm, dry weather that we experienced in 2013 gave us small, thick-skinned grapes packed with color, flavor, and tannin. This character really translated through to the wines. The 2013 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of raspberry, blueberry, and black cherry with subtle notes of sage, iron filings, wet granite, baker’s chocolate, and vanilla. The palate is rich and opulent with fresh fruit flavors of blackberry and raspberry, layered with chocolate and warming spice. The density and structure are beautifully balanced by a natural acidity that helps to draw out the finish. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 03/15/2016

VINTAGE: Mother Nature defines each vintage for a fine wine, and the 2013 vintage is no exception. In the winter of 2013, we saw above average temperatures and little rainfall in the Napa Valley. The warm, dry weather was persistent, and the results were significant. We saw early budbreak, smaller grapevine canopies, and less fruit than normal. Also, the grapes were smaller and had much thicker skins than we typically see. These grapes were packed with flavor, and the color, intensity, and concentration was out of this world. Needless to say, these grapes resulted in spectacular wines that are rich, bold, and highly structured. FERMENTATION & AGING: The Estate grapes were cold soaked for a period of 2-4 days and then fermented up to a maximum temperature of 94 degrees. The high concentration of tannin, color, and flavor in our estate grapes resulted in wines that reached desired extraction in a very short time, and the wines were drained off the skins after a total maceration of only 7 – 12 days. The wine was then racked to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation and to age. This wine was aged in 80% new French Oak barrels. The coopers used were primarily Sylvain, Taransaud, Nadalie, and Seguin Moreau. These barrels are a blend of M+ and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests. This blend of coopers, forests, and toasts lends the wine more layers and aromatic complexity. WINE MAKER IMPRESSIONS: The warm, dry weather that we experienced in 2013 gave us small, thick-skinned grapes packed with color, flavor, and tannin. This character really translated through to the wines. The 2013 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of raspberry, blueberry, and black cherry with subtle notes of sage, iron filings, wet granite, baker’s chocolate, and vanilla. The palate is rich and opulent with fresh fruit flavors of blackberry and raspberry, layered with chocolate and warming spice. The density and structure are beautifully balanced by a natural acidity that helps to draw out the finish. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot ** Only 3 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 02/26/2016

VINTAGE: The 2012 vintage was a classic vintage. We saw beautiful conditions from start to finish. The spring was mild, which allowed for a normal budbreak. The weather held through spring, resulting in ideal conditions for bloom and set. The summer months were consistently warm with cool nights, and our grapes were slowly gaining sugars while the flavors were developing and the tannins were maturing. This trend carried over into the fall, allowing us to let our fruit hang on the vine to develop deep and intense flavors and aromatics with a beautiful, refined tannin. Light, late rains arrived just as the last grapes were coming off the vine. FERMENTATION & AGING: The Estate grapes were cold soaked for a period of 2-4 days and then fermented up to a maximum temperature of 92 degrees for a period of 10-12 days. He wines were pressed after reaching optimal extraction, concentration, and mouthfeel. We extended the maceration on a few lots to 30-40 days to accentuate the dark fruit and to further refine the tannin. This wine is being aged in 80% new French Oak barrels. The coopers that are used in this wine are primarily Sylvain, Taransaud, Nadalie, and Seguin Moreau. These barrels are a blend of M+ and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests. WINEMAKER IMPRESSIONS: The long, mild growing season allowed for a long hang time with even ripening and outstanding flavor development and tannin maturity. The flavors coming out of our Estate vineyard in Oakville were absolutely amazing and these flavors have persisted throughout fermentation and aging. The fruit on the nose is intense and lively with aromas of black cherry and raspberry followed by iron, crushed granite, and sage, all laced with mocha and vanilla. This wine has a rich and concentrated palate with great structure and an enduring finish. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot Alcohol: 15.4% ** Only 1 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 11/27/2015

VINTAGE: The 2012 vintage was a classic vintage. We saw beautiful conditions from start to finish. The spring was mild, which allowed for a normal budbreak. The weather held through spring, resulting in ideal conditions for bloom and set. The summer months were consistently warm with cool nights, and our grapes were slowly gaining sugars while the flavors were developing and the tannins were maturing. This trend carried over into the fall, allowing us to let our fruit hang on the vine to develop deep and intense flavors and aromatics with a beautiful, refined tannin. Light, late rains arrived just as the last grapes were coming off the vine. FERMENTATION & AGING: The Estate grapes were cold soaked for a period of 2-4 days and then fermented up to a maximum temperature of 92 degrees for a period of 10-12 days. He wines were pressed after reaching optimal extraction, concentration, and mouthfeel. We extended the maceration on a few lots to 30-40 days to accentuate the dark fruit and to further refine the tannin. This wine is being aged in 80% new French Oak barrels. The coopers that are used in this wine are primarily Sylvain, Taransaud, Nadalie, and Seguin Moreau. These barrels are a blend of M+ and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests. WINEMAKER IMPRESSIONS: The long, mild growing season allowed for a long hang time with even ripening and outstanding flavor development and tannin maturity. The flavors coming out of our Estate vineyard in Oakville were absolutely amazing and these flavors have persisted throughout fermentation and aging. The fruit on the nose is intense and lively with aromas of black cherry and raspberry followed by iron, crushed granite, and sage, all laced with mocha and vanilla. This wine has a rich and concentrated palate with great structure and an enduring finish. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot Alcohol: 15.4% ** Only 5 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 11/06/2015

VINTAGE: The 2012 vintage was a classic vintage. We saw beautiful conditions from start to finish. The spring was mild, which allowed for a normal budbreak. The weather held through spring, resulting in ideal conditions for bloom and set. The summer months were consistently warm with cool nights, and our grapes were slowly gaining sugars while the flavors were developing and the tannins were maturing. This trend carried over into the fall, allowing us to let our fruit hang on the vine to develop deep and intense flavors and aromatics with a beautiful, refined tannin. Light, late rains arrived just as the last grapes were coming off the vine. FERMENTATION & AGING: The Estate grapes were cold soaked for a period of 2-4 days and then fermented up to a maximum temperature of 92 degrees for a period of 10-12 days. He wines were pressed after reaching optimal extraction, concentration, and mouthfeel. We extended the maceration on a few lots to 30-40 days to accentuate the dark fruit and to further refine the tannin. This wine is being aged in 80% new French Oak barrels. The coopers that are used in this wine are primarily Sylvain, Taransaud, Nadalie, and Seguin Moreau. These barrels are a blend of M+ and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests. WINEMAKER IMPRESSIONS: The long, mild growing season allowed for a long hang time with even ripening and outstanding flavor development and tannin maturity. The flavors coming out of our Estate vineyard in Oakville were absolutely amazing and these flavors have persisted throughout fermentation and aging. The fruit on the nose is intense and lively with aromas of black cherry and raspberry followed by iron, crushed granite, and sage, all laced with mocha and vanilla. This wine has a rich and concentrated palate with great structure and an enduring finish. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot Alcohol: 15.4% ** Only 6 in Stock **


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