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Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008

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Not yet reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 92 points by James Suckling: Lots of freshness in this with spices, ripe berries, currants, and chocolate cake. Full and velvety on the palate, with ripe tannins and a long round finish. Lots going on. This continues to be one the best under-$25 Cabs on the market. There is impeccable balance here between ripe, plush opulence and muscular underlying structure. This is another legend-in-the-making wine at this price. Aromas of cedary oak, currants, black cherries and ripe plums are rich and concentrated on the palate. The firm tannins underlying the wine's core provide balance, leading to a long, lingering finish.

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Waterstone Winery:
Three vineyards, four Zinfandels and one shared passion for the pursuit of small lot, single-vineyard wines are the driving force behind one of California's newest wineries, Z-52 . Seasoned winemaker Philip Zorn and veteran wine executive Brent Shortridge wear all the hats at Z-52, and their dedication to distinctive Zinfandels is evident at every turn. The heart and soul of this boutiqu... Read more
Three vineyards, four Zinfandels and one shared passion for the pursuit of small lot, single-vineyard wines are the driving force behind one of California's newest wineries, Z-52 . Seasoned winemaker Philip Zorn and veteran wine executive Brent Shortridge wear all the hats at Z-52, and their dedication to distinctive Zinfandels is evident at every turn. The heart and soul of this boutique winery, named for the shared “Z” in both Zinfandel and Zorn, (the 52 references the 52 weeks in a vintage year, 52 rows in Agnes' Vineyard, and 52 cards in a full deck) is its commitment to producing high-end Zinfandels from some of the oldest vineyards in the Lodi and Amador County regions. Z-52 ‘s minimalist approach to winemaking embraces the notion that terroir and its influence on grape character is essential to producing outstanding Zinfandel. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,133
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 03/13/2013

Smoky on the nose yet bright with fresh red currant and lightly jammy blackberry fruit, all cupped in a gently sweet vanilla note. A touch rough around the edges, this shows some noticeable wood tannin in the mouth with good acidity adding some freshness to the dark cherry/blackberry flavors. There's also noticeable oak sweetening the palate and adding vanilla and spice notes that persist on the moderately long finish, which also shows some cherry pit notes and a touch of heat. 87pts


Member Reviews for Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: EMark
8478046,852
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 07/24/2013

Attractive in the glass. Some oaky bouquet, some leathery, soil aromas. Initial palate sensation is that this is a fairly light Cab. Flavors are primarily earthy. Tannin sneaks up on you. Since the initial impression is that the wine is watery, the fact that after a couple tastes, there is a lot of around-the-edges-of-the-tonge dryness comes as a bit of a surprise. Slightly sour on the finish. US$19.99 at Hi Time in Costa Mesa.


Snooth User: davethewav9
394597412
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/16/2013

classic napa cab.


Snooth User: judgelog
34584868
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/26/2009

Terrifically aromatic - it filled the room with a great aroma when I decanted it. Very dark ruby color. Lots of cherry and dark fruit flavors. Finish is fairly long, with a nice raspberry note at the end. Tannins are firm but silky. Paired this with a coffee and pepper crusted beef tenderloin and it worked well. Great QPR - compares well with a Cabs at twice the price.


Snooth User: Tradebar
22095145
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 11/06/2009

Enjoyed the taste


Snooth User: canismajor
4179684
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/07/2008

Four glasses


Snooth User: Tradebar
22095145
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 11/27/2009

smooth


Snooth User: canismajor
4179684
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 11/07/2008

Five glasses


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External Reviews for Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 04/22/2015

Tasting Notes: Aromas of cedary oak, currants, black cherries and ripe plums are rich and concentrated on the palate.. The firm tannins underlying the wine’s core provide balance, leading to a long, lingering finish. The 2011 vintage is reflected in this wine, favoring balance to overt ripeness. Vintage: The 2011 growing season proved to be a challenge in Napa Valley. A wet winter and spring extended with rainfall into mid-June, delaying bloom and set. A long, cool growing season followed, which forced growers to open canopies to ensure sunlight and warmth. Harvest was further hampered by autumn rain storms, which encouraged an earlier-than-normal harvest. Overall, quality of fruit is high, and lower alcohols are expected for the vintage. Vineyards: Well-established hillside vineyards are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit. The complexity and balance of this vintage was achieved through diverse sourcing. Vinification: Following destemming, the hand-picked grapes were stainless steel-fermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 24 months (80% new barrels) where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked prior to bottling. - Winery Varietal Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Merlot 1% Cabernet Franc 1% Petit Verdot Oak Aging: 24 months Oak Cooperage: French oak, 80% new Alcohol: 13.8% TA: 0.60 g/100ml pH: 3.72 Oak Cooperage: French oak, 80% new


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

Tasting Notes:Aromas of cedary oak, currants, black cherries and ripe plums are rich and concentrated on the palate.. The firm tannins underlying the wines core provide balance, leading to a long, lingering finish. The 2011 vintage is reflected in this wine, favoring balance to overt ripeness.Vintage:The 2011 growing season proved to be a challenge in Napa Valley. A wet winter and spring extended with rainfall into mid-June, delaying bloom and set. A long, cool growing season followed, which forced growers to open canopies to ensure sunlight and warmth. Harvest was further hampered by autumn rain storms, which encouraged an earlier-than-normal harvest. Overall, quality of fruit is high, and lower alcohols are expected for the vintage.Vineyards:Well-established hillside vineyards are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit. The complexity and balance of this vintage was achieved through diverse sourcing.Vinification:Following destemming, the hand-picked grapes were stainless steel-fermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 24 months (80% new barrels) where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked prior to bottling. - WineryVarietal Composition:85% Cabernet Sauvignon13% Merlot1% Cabernet Franc1% Petit VerdotOak Aging: 24 monthsOak Cooperage: French oak, 80% newAlcohol: 13.8%TA: 0.60 g/100mlpH: 3.72Oak Cooperage: French oak, 80% new


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 09/12/2013

With its Bordeaux-like presence, this wine is deep, rich, and lingering. Firm, integrated tannins frame the concentrated, dark fruit (currant, black cherry, wild berry, plum.) Toasty oak and an earthy edge add to the wine's great complexity. - WineryVarietal Composition:88% Cabernet Sauvignon11% Merlot1% Cabernet FrancAlcohol: 14.5%TA: 0.64 g/100mlpH: 3.62


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

Showing an opaque garnet core with a brighter red rim. A classic cabernet nose that opens with some air showing cassis black cherry and tobacco leaf with black berry & plum. It shows a medium to full-bodied weight with ripe black fruits herbs and pain grille wrapped in soft well rounded sweet tannins that give the wine length and great texture. The acidity slips in nicely holding everything together and keeping the flavors fresh. Great right now with a little bit of air and should hold nicely for the next 5 years. Geoffrey Binder.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 08/02/2012

This is amazing value in California Cab. Its hard to believe. Aromas of fresh herbs with currants and blueberries as well as mint. Its full body with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of fruit but not overdone and not over alcoholic. Drink a... James Suckling. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
11/19/2011

With its Bordeaux-like presence, this wine is deep, rich, and lingering. Firm, integrated tannins frame the concentrated, dark fruit (currant, black cherry, wild berry, plum.) Toasty oak and an earthy edge add to the wine s great complexity.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2006 09/02/2011

Aromas of cedary oak, currants, black cherries and ripe plums are rich and concentrated on the palate. The firm tannins underlying the wine's core provide balance, leading to a long, lingering finish.


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Not yet reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 92 points by James Suckling: Lots of freshness in this with spices, ripe berries, currants, and chocolate cake. Full and velvety on the palate, with ripe tannins and a long round finish. Lots going on. This continues to be one the best under-$25 Cabs on the market. There is impeccable balance here between ripe, plush opulence and muscular underlying structure. This is another legend-in-the-making wine at this price. Aromas of cedary oak, currants, black cherries and ripe plums are rich and concentrated on the palate. The firm tannins underlying the wine's core provide balance, leading to a long, lingering finish.

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