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St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Oroppas 2005

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The proprietary Bordeaux blend Oroppas is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Petit Verdot. It exhibits a dense purple color and a big sweet nose of white flowers blueberries espresso roast white chocolate and spicy oak. The wine is rich supple-textured medium to full-bodied approachable and already revealing surprising complexity. 91pts. R. Parker

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St. Clement Vineyards:
As the third decade of her life begins, Danielle Cyrot brings a broad scope of international winemaking expertise that extends well beyond her age. And as the descendant of French vignerons whose history goes back for centuries, she is also renewing an enological tradition that had been dormant for three generations. Danielle’s great-, great-grandfather was the last in a long line of ancestors... Read more
As the third decade of her life begins, Danielle Cyrot brings a broad scope of international winemaking expertise that extends well beyond her age. And as the descendant of French vignerons whose history goes back for centuries, she is also renewing an enological tradition that had been dormant for three generations. Danielle’s great-, great-grandfather was the last in a long line of ancestors who owned the Cyrot vineyard in Burgundy’s famous Côte de Beaune. He donated the land to the Hospice du Beaune after losing his son (Danielle’s great-grandfather) in World War I (fittingly, there is still a Pommard Cyrot cuvée from this property sold in the Hospice du Beaune auction every year.) Danielle’s grandfather moved to Paris, where her father was later born. They soon moved to St. Etienne where they stayed until her father was 16, after which they returned to Paris. Her father eventually moved to the U.S., and during studies at California Institute of Technology, Danielle’s parents met and settled in California. Though aware of her family’s vinous background, it didn’t occur to Danielle that she could revive that winemaking tradition until she reached college. She enrolled at the University of California, Davis, but had not decided on a major until she took an introductory winemaking class taught by popular professor Carole Meredith. Danielle was hooked almost immediately, and turned her full attention to the study of winemaking. She graduated in 1998 with a degree in Enology and Viticulture. While at Davis, Danielle worked the harvest at several wineries in Napa Valley. After graduation, she was determined to experience winemaking in other wine regions, and traveled to Alsace and South Australia to hone her skills. Danielle returned to Napa from her travels abroad in 1999 and joined the team at Stags’ Leap Winery as an enologist. In 2003, Danielle was promoted to assistant winemaker at Stags’ Leap. Danielle is not one to mark time idly. While at Stags’ Leap, she also began collaborating with another winemaker on a sideline project, TwoTone Farm. She was eager to appeal to younger wine drinkers like her, so the brand was a cutting-edge creation: screw-caps, trendy fonts and reasonable pricing. It was an immediate hit. Danielle now turns her full attention to St. Clement. With a range of vineyards to work with, she can utilize her creativity to its fullest in crafting rich, unique wines. For Danielle, it’s a family tradition. Read less

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Snooth User: Stallion
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3.50 5
05/24/2013

Big Black fruit up front on the nose! Wow! Nice structure and a great end palate where it all comes together for this wine! The flagship for St Clement does not dissappoint! Nice wine! Enjoy! Cheers!


Snooth User: Majikk
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4.00 5
01/27/2008

Good wine! Very Different.


Snooth User: oxygin21
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3.50 5
06/23/2009

Big blackberry fruit with some lively oak tones. Very nice wine.


Snooth User: itsme
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3.50 5
12/16/2009

Delicious wine, not as complex as previous vintages but still worth $35.


Snooth User: tzwizard
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4.00 5
07/05/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Oroppas

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/24/2012

Rich and creamy up front, with lively currant, vanilla-scented oak, herb and blackberry notes that firm up nicely on the finish, giving it backbone and traction. Drink now through 2013. 5,963 cases made. -JL ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/09/2013

The structure and pedigree of this fine wine are immediately apparent. It hits the mouth with a wonderful balance of ripe fruit, fine tannins, firm acidity and perfectly integrated oak. The deep flavors of blackberry jam spread onto buttered toast, a... Wine Enthusiast. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2005 St Clement Oroppas 750ml


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe Oroppas opens with enticing aromas of blueberry jam, red cherry, raspberry, milk chocolate, clove and brown sugar. Black cherry, raspberry jam, caramel, and dark chocolate flavors greet the palate, and the rich fruit flavors are supported by structured, yet velvety tannins. Black pepper, candied apple and dark chocolate linger on the palate for a long, complex finish.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/25/2009

WS: 90 Points


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/06/2009

Rich and creamy up front, with lively currant, vanilla-scented oak, herb and blackberry notes that firm up nicely on the finish, giving it backbone and traction. Drink now through 2013. 5,963 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2005 St Clement Oroppas 750ml



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The proprietary Bordeaux blend Oroppas is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Petit Verdot. It exhibits a dense purple color and a big sweet nose of white flowers blueberries espresso roast white chocolate and spicy oak. The wine is rich supple-textured medium to full-bodied approachable and already revealing surprising complexity. 91pts. R. Parker

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