Cobblestone Vineyards2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
(Atlas Peak ~ Napa Valley)
This wine has luscious dark fruit with a minerality that is reminiscent of the Atlas Peak region. The wine is also well-balanced with complexity and richness. Simply put, it’s a stunner with a good price, too -- $39. There is also weight to the body with a substantial texture for drinking now, but it has the backbone to last for a good 15 years.
The 100 percent Cabernet comes from the estate’s 1,800-foot Levine vineyard and from 8-year-old vines. The wine wasn’t filtered nor fined; and it spent 22 months in French oak barriques, half of which was new. The listed alcohol is 14.9 and there were 1,150 cases produced.
Reviewed May 9, 2006 by Alan Goldfarb.
Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.