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Summers Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2012

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Summers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on our Estate Villa Andriana vineyard and select mountain vineyards in the Calistoga area. Grown in deep loamy, volcanic soils, our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in French oak barrels for 22 months resulting in medium to dark ruby colored wine and sweet French vanilla notes. Summers vineyard management and wine styles are realized in this signature Cabernet Sauvignon exhibiting rich black cherry and cassis flavors to the wonderful mid-palate, excellent texture and tannic structure. Pair with grilled beef with caramelized onions; rack of lamb; swordfish; bolognese sauce; and bittersweet chocolate. 22 months in French Oak, 60% of which was new. 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 Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464771,994
4.50 5
12/08/2014

Classic big and powerful red fruit aromas of raspberry and cherry with good age indicators like well tanned leather and tobacco. Similarly structured on the palate, with the addition of cherry cola and candied sugar dates, clay, eucalyptus and licorice. This powerful and delicious wine can easily age for several years. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/27/2013

Cocoa, coconut, mocha, and lovely herb notes come together on the nose here which also shows off some peppery spice and attractive blackcurrant and light peach aromas.This is smooth and a touch soft, with lower acidity than the basic Calistoga cuvée. The fruit is also a bit more intense, slightly chewy with blackcurrant flavors wrapped around toasty spice, a touch of mocha and some peppery notes. The finish shows off fairly big black fruit with a lingering nutty oak note. Rather smooth, this lacks some of the definition of the basic bottling, but does offer up both more complexity and richer fruit. 90pts


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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464771,994
4.50 5
12/08/2014

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Summers Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve

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Vintage: 2008 02/01/2013

Summer's Reserve Cabernet is a very forward and stylish Cabernet - coming from the Estate Villa Andriana Vineyard, the wine is aged in French Oak Barrels for 21 months resulting in a wine with rich structure and lots of vanilla aromatics.



Summers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on our Estate Villa Andriana vineyard and select mountain vineyards in the Calistoga area. Grown in deep loamy, volcanic soils, our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in French oak barrels for 22 months resulting in medium to dark ruby colored wine and sweet French vanilla notes. Summers vineyard management and wine styles are realized in this signature Cabernet Sauvignon exhibiting rich black cherry and cassis flavors to the wonderful mid-palate, excellent texture and tannic structure. Pair with grilled beef with caramelized onions; rack of lamb; swordfish; bolognese sauce; and bittersweet chocolate. 22 months in French Oak, 60% of which was new. 500 cases produced.

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Alcohol: 14.2%

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