Avenel Cellars | Cabernet Sauvignon | Reserve | Oakville | Napa Valley | California | 2012 | $45 | 90 Points

Avenel Label Front (4)Avenel Cellars Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by veteran California winemaker Marco DiGiulio. Marco is a native San Franciscan and U.C. Davis graduate who has devoted years to mastering the oenological art that is Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. His influence is apparent in this expressive rendition of the variety (100%) sourced from the Oakville AVA, an expanse of (mostly flat) vineyard land that stretches two miles across Napa Valley from the Mayacamas Mountains on its western flank to the Vaca Mountains on the eastern side. On the nose are classic suggestions of black currant, ripe dark fruit, black tea leaves, and dried herbs; and on the palate, notions of dried blackberry, roasted red bell pepper, and black peppercorn — all framed by toasty (and quite spicy) oak and accents of smoked meat and iron over a complete and rewarding finish. The wine aged for two years in 100% French oak — 80%-90% new, and it is medium-bodied with firm, though approachable, tannins and mild acidity. This is a young, lean, and elegant Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that can be enjoyed now with an hour’s (or longer) decant, but will provide enjoyment over the next five or more years. It will serve well over the upcoming holiday season, to be sure, especially if paired with sharp cheeses, roasted meats, leg of lamb, seared duck breast, and other such hearty fare.

Availability: We found Avenel Cellars Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon at our local Total Wine location, and it is available at many Total Wine locations nationwide. For availability in your area, visit them virtually at www.totalwine.com.

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2 Responses to Avenel Cellars | Cabernet Sauvignon | Reserve | Oakville | Napa Valley | California | 2012 | $45 | 90 Points

  1. Dann Lewis says:

    I work for Total Wine and am studying the Oakville AVA. Can you tell me what vineyard the grapes come from?

    • Scott Hendley says:

      I cannot tell which exact vineyard(s) in the Oakville AVA were the source of the fruit used to make Avenel’s Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. I do know, for what it’s worth, that Avenel Cellars is a brand name of Girard Winery, and that it is bottled and labeled in a facility of theirs in Sonoma.

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