2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon • Silver Oak Vineyard
California: Alexander Valley
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Mission Codename: Operation Library Liberty
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Infiltrate Wine Spies Operative favorite Adobe Road Winery, raid their library and retrieve an exclusive Cabernet Sauvignon
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Adobe Road
Wine Subject: 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Franc Dusak
Backgrounder: Cabernet Sauvignon, long the favorite varietal from Napa Valley and certainly among the most noble grapes. But did you know that the unique climate of the Alexander Valley in the northern part of Sonoma County also provide the idea conditions to grow Cabernet Sauvignon? Today’s wine is a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon from a brilliant winegrowing region
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Dark burgundy in color with deep concentration of color. the wine have a lovely dark heart and at the edges, shows a beautiful purple-to-pink. When swirled, this wine moves quickly and settles fast. When it does settle, it leaves behind thin legs that run down the glass at varying speeds. Some legs take forever to emerge and then they absolutely crawl down the glass!
Smell – Deeply layered with smoky dark fruit of plum, blackberry and black cherry, followed by chocolate, light mushroom, earth, leather and oak
Feel – Light and medium round up front, very round on the mid-palate, and then the wines velvet tannins grip the edges of the tongue and pucker the lips
Taste – Dark fruit starts this wine off, but is fast replaced by a mid-tongue brightness, making it an excellent food wine. The wine is both deliciously sweet with just a hint of tartness. The flavors present here include black currant, cherry, soft currant, mixed berries, mild spice and toasty oak
Finish – The tender mouthfeel of this wine and the dark fruits & earthy flavors linger for a long time – with a slight dryness that makes your mouth water
Conclusion – Another fantastic wine from a Wine Spies favorite, this wine is finely balanced and brightly delicious. With great fruit, this six year-old drinks fresh and still somewhat youthful, but the the sophistication that a few years of bottle age can bring. Our Operatives love Adobe Road wines, but they also love those wine that we make available that have a few years of aging on them. This treat is ready to enjoy now, and will likely continue to progress beautifully for a years to come.
Supplementary Tasting Notes, provided by Agent Noir (aka Kerry Winslow) of GrapeLive.com:
“2002 Adobe Road Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County (Alexander Valley): This is an impressive drinking wine with lots of rich black fruits and nicely formed smooth tannins. There is boysenberry, plum and sweet currants on the palate and touches of spice and subtle toasted oak notes filling this Cabernet out and giving it balance. This wine is ready to enjoy now and is very pleasing with a long fruit driven finish. Not a wine that you have to really think about or wait on, plus it is a bargain, so drink up.”
We introduced you to Adobe’s excellent 2003 earlier this year and loved it so much that I was sent back to taste their 2002. Taste I did, and I fell in love with the wine. When I found out, however, that the wine was a Library selection, my heart sank. Library wines are usually reserved for winery personnel or close personal friends of the winery. You know me, though, I can be a pitbull when I want a killer wine.
All amped up and ready to use all of my clever spy tactics, I put on my best disguise and went to the winery.
Once inside, I sidled up to the bar. My usual contact was manning the tasting room, but I wasn’t worried, I knew my disguise would effectively shield my identity.
In order to gain her trust, I ordered up a tasting flight. She poured, and I picked up the glass, swirling it and gazing at it before taking a deep sniff – and accidentally inaling some wine through my nostrils!
I sneezed, hard, and my false beard and dark eyeglasses flew off, landing behind the bar. When I looked up, I saw the smiling face of my host. “Hi, Agent Red,” She said. “I knew it was you all along, but wasn’t going to ruin the fun, yous or mine!”
Blushing, I got right to the point. A few minutes and some humble begging later, and I secured a handful of cases of today’s brilliant wine.
What the winery says
Awards and Accolades:
Gold Medal – 2007 California State Fair Wine Competition
About This Wine:
A Classic Cabernet expression; the color is a deep ruby, the nose has beautiful cassis and cherry notes with just hints of vanilla. This wine is bursting with chocolate and berry flavors yet the mouth feel is velvety and supple. This is a wine jam packed with flavor. Subtle oak flavors round out the wine, creating balance and depth. Cellar this wine or drink it now, either way you can’t lose.
Hand harvested whole clusters that were cold soaked and fermented in small, open-top bins that were punched down twice daily through fermentation and gently basket pressed.
About The Winery:
Adobe Road is a small, family-owned winery located in Petaluma. We specialize in flavorful, distinctive wines. Each of our vintages is handcrafted with fine attention to detail, for a unique taste and experience. Our wines are created in small lots, allowing precise quality control to ensure that every bottle is just the way our wine artisans intended. Traditionally, Adobe Road has produced rich red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, but 2006 brings a lighter Sauvignon Blanc to our tasting room.
Adobe Road Winery is owned by renowned sports car racer and entrepreneur Kevin Buckler and his wife, Debra. Adobe Road Winery produces award winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah exclusively from Sonoma County sources. The tasting room is located in Petaluma, California. In 1995 Kevin founded The Racer’s Group (TRG) and grew it into an internationally prominent manufacturer and distributor of performance Porsche parts, while simultaneously building a career as a successful endurance sportscar racer and team owner. Kevin’s accomplishments as a driver include class wins at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2002) and the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans (2002), an overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2003), and the title of Porsche World Cup Champion in 2002. As a team owner, Kevin has directed the growth of The Racer’s Group into an internationally-acclaimed racing team.
With friends, the Bucklers started making “garage wine”, which, after prodding from enthusiastic friends started commercially bottling under the Adobe Road label in 1999. Through Kevin’s good connections, he has acquired grapes from some very prestigious vineyards, which he handcrafts into extremely limited-production wines. The awards have followed, with the Adobe Road 2001 Zinfandel winning a Silver medal in the prestigious Orange County Fair Wine Competition. In March of 2005, Adobe Road brought home the gold, with the 2002 Pinot Noir winning a Gold Medal – Best of Class; the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon placing Silver and the 2002 Zinfandel receiving Bronze at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. With the goal of producing exceptional wines by hand-crafting small lots of red varietals exclusively from Sonoma County, the Bucklers have dedicated themselves to seeing their vision through to reality, and the results are paying off.
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Harvest: October 8, 2002; picked at 26 Brix
Barrel Aging: 30 months in new French and American oak
Winemaking: Hand harvested gently destemmed berries that were cold soaked and fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks that were punched down three time daily through fermentation and gently basket pressed. And set to barrel aging.
Release: Spring 2007
Bottled: January 5, 2005
Production: 483 cases
Analysis: Alcohol 14.3%