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Cimarossa Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Riva De Ponente 2013 750ml
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Cimarossa Vineyards Riva De Ponente Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Howell Mountain - Napa Valley - California - United States

Professional Wine Reviews for Cimarossa Vineyards Riva De Ponente Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Rated 95 by Decanter
Graphite, smoke, savory herbs, crushed rocks and inky fruit race across the palate in Cimarossa's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Riva di Ponente. Tense and pulsating in the glass, the 2013 is all about structure, acidity and tannin. As such, the Riva di Ponente will appeal most to readers who appreciate the structure of mountain Cabernets. The 2013 is every bit as impressive as it was last year. (Vinous)
Rated 93 by Robert Parker
As for the 2013 Riva di Ponente, this comes from a 1.4-acre vineyard with a full western exposure essentially on the other side of the hilltop where Cimarossa is located. The wine exhibits a similar opaque purple color and a full-bodied, dense, pure style. It seems to have the highest level of tannins of all four wines and is the most backward as well, but rich and balanced, with impressive length. I would put this one in the cellar for a good 3-4 years and drink it over the following two decades.
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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Since their conception in 18th century France, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have flourished across the Old and New Worlds and have changed the way we think about red wine forever. Their sharp and astringent nature has a wonderful ability to mellow and round with age, and when helped by being blended with Merlot and Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc varietals – as is done in Bordeaux and elsewhere – the results can be truly remarkable. What is most special about Cabernet Sauvignon grapes is the fact that they have a true affinity for oak, and when aged in barrels made of this fragrant wood, the wine which comes out of them a few years later holds an amazing array of flavors and aromas, making Cabernet Sauvignon based wines some of the most memorable in the world. Single variety bottles from the New World made from this grape are also increasing in popularity, as the strong flavors and full-bodied nature of these wines is a great match for many global cuisines.

Region: California

When it comes to New World wine regions, it is widely agreed that many of the finest wines are grown and produced in California. The long stretches of coastline and the valleys and mountainsides which come off them are ideal areas for vine cultivation, and for over a century now, wineries have found a perfect home in the hot, dry state, with many of the wines produced here going on to reach world class status. The state is greatly helped by the brisk oceanic winds which cool the otherwise hot and dry vineyards, which hold mineral rich soils covering vast areas and featuring many established wineries. The state is split into four main regions, the largest by far being the central valley which stretches over three hundred miles in length.

Country: United States

Whilst there are several strains of native grape varietals in the United States, it was the introduction of the European species which prompted the country to begin producing wines on a large scale. Over the past few centuries, experimentation and cross-breeding has produced great successes in regards to the quality and suitability of the fruit grown in states such as California, Oregon, Washington and New York, and the past few decades have seen New World wines from the United States reach much higher standards. Arguably the finest United States wines have always come out of California, where the climate and terrroir is most suitable for fine wine production. The masterful blending of classic grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, amongst others including Syrah and Chardonnay, have had world beating results in recent years, prompting many to suggest that there has never been a better time for buying and drinking United States wines.

Appellation: Napa Valley

California has long been recognized as a wonderfully rich and fertile location for viticulture, and hundreds of years now, vintners in the United States of America have used the valleys and mountain sides of California for gradually building their own wine culture, based on techniques and practices brought over from the old countries. When it comes to Californian wines of real quality and distinction, however, there is nowhere quite like the Napa Valley, which is now widely considered to be one of the world's premier wine regions, and very much the standard bearer for modern, American wines. With Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Zinfandel varietal grapes all growing well in Napa Valley, the region produces an impressive range of wines, which have had an enormous impact on the Old and New Worlds, and have changed viticulture forever.