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Summers Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga 2011

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The Summers Estate Wines family makes their home and work in Calistoga, running this small family-style winery. Our lifestyle is about enjoying life: living in a small town and being involved in community activities, growing grapes and making premium quality wine, and relaxing when the opportunity presents itself. Summers produces our exquisite and highly-rated Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes procured from several select vineyards in Calistoga, including the Summers' own Villa Andriana Vineyard. A medium-bodied wine with fruity sweet, black cherry, and black currant notes interwoven with notions of barbeque smoke, white chocolate, and espresso. 20 months of aging in French Oak, 50% of which was new. Pair with Braised Beef Short Ribs, Pizza, Cheddar, and all aged chesse. 4,500 cases produced.

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Summers Winery:
Jim Summers purchased a 28-acre vineyard in Knights Valley in 1987. At that time it was mostly Merlot grapes with some Muscat Canelli. The first production of Summers Ranch Merlot was the 1992 vintage, and we increased the yield to reach a maximum of 2000 cases. In 1996 we expanded our vineyard holdings to include 25 acres at the corner of Highway 128 and Tubbs Lane. This Napa Valley propert... Read more
Jim Summers purchased a 28-acre vineyard in Knights Valley in 1987. At that time it was mostly Merlot grapes with some Muscat Canelli. The first production of Summers Ranch Merlot was the 1992 vintage, and we increased the yield to reach a maximum of 2000 cases. In 1996 we expanded our vineyard holdings to include 25 acres at the corner of Highway 128 and Tubbs Lane. This Napa Valley property carries the name Summers Estate Wines, with the vineyard designation of Villa Andriana Vineyard, named after our daughter. The property has been completely transformed to recognize its full potential. With a winery/tasting room, entertainment center, bocce ball court, picnic area and 22+ acres of vines (Zinfandel, Charbono, and Cabernet Sauvignon) we think it a perfect balance of pleasure and productivity. Creating red-wine from grapes grown on small acreages in both Napa Valley and Knights Valley is the passion of Beth and Jim Summers. The signature, "unique" wine offered by Summers is Charbono. The name is thought to be an early Italian immigrant version of Charbonneau, a French varietal. Some strongly believe that this variety is a close relative to the Dolcetto variety, widely grown in northern Italy. The vine bears very large berries that are used to make a very dark red wine that, when subjected to extended skin contact during fermentation, is full of fruit flavor and low in tannins. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Summers Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,061
4.50 5
12/08/2014

Light red fruit aromas of cherry and raspberry. Flavors are bold and fresh, with tart acidity bracing the bright cherry flavors, light brown sugar, black licorice and a hint of cocoa powder. Tannins are noticeable but not gripping - a fine Cabernet that isn't overpowering. 90pts


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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,061
4.50 5
12/08/2014

Four and a half glasses



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The Summers Estate Wines family makes their home and work in Calistoga, running this small family-style winery. Our lifestyle is about enjoying life: living in a small town and being involved in community activities, growing grapes and making premium quality wine, and relaxing when the opportunity presents itself. Summers produces our exquisite and highly-rated Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes procured from several select vineyards in Calistoga, including the Summers' own Villa Andriana Vineyard. A medium-bodied wine with fruity sweet, black cherry, and black currant notes interwoven with notions of barbeque smoke, white chocolate, and espresso. 20 months of aging in French Oak, 50% of which was new. Pair with Braised Beef Short Ribs, Pizza, Cheddar, and all aged chesse. 4,500 cases produced.

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