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Saddleback Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1997

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97 points Robert Parker: One of the most compelling Cabernet Sauvignons Nils Venge has produced (and there have been many over the last 30 years) is his 1997 Venge Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Sadly, there are only 300 cases of this 100% new oak-aged effort. Tipping the scales at 14+% alcohol, it is a super-extracted, black/purple-colored effort displaying a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis intermixed with licorice, spice box, cedar, and smoke. Huge layers of glycerin, fat, and fruit caress the palate of this formidable effort. The wine has marvelous balance for its size as well as a long, impressive finish. While there is tannin to be shed, it is still primary, so 4-6 years of cellaring is suggested. It will keep for 25-30 years! (Dec 2000)

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Saddleback Cellars:
Our tasting room provides the most unique tasting experience in the Napa Valley. Winemaker/owner Nils Venge produces stellar wines that reflect the best of what Napa Valley is all about. We welcome visitors daily by appointment 707.944.1305
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External Reviews for Saddleback Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/21/2012

...exhibiting an opaque ruby/purple color in addition to almost overripe jammy scents of blackberries, cassis, and prominent wood. Low acidity, in addition to terrific fatness and purity make this a hedonistically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon that will ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Saddleback Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml



97 points Robert Parker: One of the most compelling Cabernet Sauvignons Nils Venge has produced (and there have been many over the last 30 years) is his 1997 Venge Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Sadly, there are only 300 cases of this 100% new oak-aged effort. Tipping the scales at 14+% alcohol, it is a super-extracted, black/purple-colored effort displaying a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis intermixed with licorice, spice box, cedar, and smoke. Huge layers of glycerin, fat, and fruit caress the palate of this formidable effort. The wine has marvelous balance for its size as well as a long, impressive finish. While there is tannin to be shed, it is still primary, so 4-6 years of cellaring is suggested. It will keep for 25-30 years! (Dec 2000)

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