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2009 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
decanterDecanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts) Individual judge's scores: Stephen Brook 18.5 Yohann Jousselin MS 18.5 David Motion 18.5
Women rule at Oakville Ranch. Londoner Mary MacInnes Miner and her American husband Bob Miner purchased Oakville Ranch in 1989, but Bob's death in 1994 left Mary in charge. She now relies on sales and marketing manager Shelia Gentry and winemaker Anne Vawter to enhance the brand. The 'token' male is vineyard manager Phil Coturri, a buddy of Grateful Dead band members and proponent of organic practices. Oakville Ranch is a sleeper among superstars – its wines become more complex with every vintage.

Stephen Brook: Super-ripe blackcurrant nose, with minty notes. Rich but firm, with some welcome austerity. The palate is less flamboyant than the nose, with robust tannins. Has ample acidity and persistence, but the fruit quality is excellent, as is the balance.

Yohann Jousselin MS: A ripe style of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, it offers a lot of baked, dark fruit aromas given plenty of freshness due to the acidity and vegetal character of the wine. Great balance.

David Motion: A lovely, deep wine with intense levels of concentrated, brambly fruit. A dense, generous offering with plenty of structure and a very long finish.

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2003 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Franc Robert's Blend

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Reviewer

Rating

Maturity

Cost

Wine Advocate #207
June2013

Robert Parker

92

Drink: 2013 - 2023

$80 (80)

This sexy, open-knit, fully mature 2003 was made from 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, an unusual blend that works well at Oakville Ranch. The wine's softness, floral, blue and red fruit-scented nose, lightness on the palate and impressive intensity suggest a super, seductive, stylish red with lots of personality. Drink it over the next decade. 

October 2012, California Grapevine 

91 points 2008 Robert’s Cabernet Franchttp://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcREeBFtr4JPoCiTkJQCOSe5x-01VSZlclwh0JRPfCa7Nky32p-42g
‘Medium-dark ruby; attractive, intense, spicy, cassis and dark berry fruit aroma with hints of coffee, anise and smoked meat; fully body; forward, rich, textured, spicy, red fruit flavors with firm acidity and notes of charred oak; medium-full to full tannin; slightly tart on the finish; lingering aftertaste.  Enjoyable now as it developed with airing. Very highly recommended.’

August 2012, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, “Best Buys”

91 points     2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
http://www.viader.com/_images/connoisseur_club.jpgDistinguished as much by its energy as by its well-defined fruit, this sturdy youngster does not try to be more than the vintage allows.  It is not lacking for ripeness, yet it is never overly ripe in tone, and its combination of richness and real polish earns it very high commendation.  Despite showing a good deal of layering now, it will only grow deeper and more complex over the next several years if its considerable charms can be resisted and it is allowed to mature into better.

SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITIONJune 2012, San Francisco International Wine Competition

Silver Medal, 2008 Robert’s Blend, Cabernet Franc
Silver Medal, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

https://c.na9.content.force.com/servlet/servlet.ImageServer?id=015E0000000Wlyx&oid=00DE0000000Hs0q August 2012, Wine Enthusiast

90 points 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

May 2012, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, “Best Buys”

89 points 2007 ‘Robert’s Blend’, Cabernet Franc
http://www.viader.com/_images/connoisseur_club.jpgDeep, dense and very ripe with a considerable complement of creamy oak, this flashy young wine is an inelegant but very outgoing take on Cabernet Franc that comes with plenty of toughening varietal tannin.  It is a rugged, well-stuffed wine that is a long way from being ready to drink, and, if we like its chances of growing into better some eight to ten years hence, we would like them more if it were a touch less hot at the finish.

oakville ranchFebruary 2012, The Golden Glass

Silver Medal, 2007 Robert’s Blend, Cabernet Franc
Silver Medal, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

 

February 2012, Decanter, “California Cabernets 2008”oakville ranch
4 Star Wine     2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
“Aromas of strawberry, coffee and spicy black fruit.  Sweet but not too sweet, ripe fruit and decent acidity, with a long coffee finish, agreeable tannins and good use of oak.  Concentrated and multi-dimensional.”

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January 2012, American Fine Wine Competition
Silver Medal     2009 Chardonnay
Silver Medal     2007 Cabernet Franc, Robert’s Blend
Silver Medal     2009 Cabernet Sauvignon



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January 2012, The Tasting Panel, "Blue Reviews EXTRA!" Anthony Dias Blue
94 points - 2007 Cabernet Franc, Robert’s Blend
“Dark and concentrated with rich plum, blueberry, toasty cassis and smoke; opulent, generous and supple with great depth and a long, intense finish; quite impressive with a long aging potential…”

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December 23, 2011, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Issue 198), Anthony Galloni



Oakville Ranch Vineyards

2009

Cabernet Sauvignon

92

Oakville Ranch Vineyards

2009

Cabernet Franc Robert’s Blend

91

Oakville Ranch Vineyards

2009

Zinfandel Field Blend

89

Oakville Ranch Vineyards

2009

Chardonnay

88

The 2009 Chardonnay emerges from the glass with hints of orange peel, mint, juicy yellow peaches and pineapple.  It is a soft, caressing white best suited to near term enjoyment. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.

The 2009 Zinfandel Field Blend is a big, burly wine loaded with dark red fruit, flowers, mint and licorice.  It shows good depth, even though some rough edges remain.  The 14% Petite Sirah no doubt adds quite a bit of backbone and tannin.  Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with dark fruit, spices, new leather, licorice and grilled herbs.  It shows terrific energy and focus all the way through to the powerful incisive finish.  Sweet flowers and spices add further nuances of complexity.  Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024.

The 2009 Cabernet Franc Robert’s Blend is a rich, powerful wine bursting at the seams with fruit, espresso, spices, licorice and new leather, adding complexity to a powerful core of fruit in this tannic, authoritative wine.  The 2009 possesses excellent balance, but not as much varietal typicity as I had hoped.  Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024.

sf chron
January 2012, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition:

Silver Medal, 2009 Chardonnay

Silver Medal, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

tasting

September 2011, The Tasting Panel, Anthony Dias

90 points     2008 Chardonnay
“Dense, lush and juicy with ripe tropical fruit and bright acidity; creamy textured and rich with a long finish.

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June 2011, JamesSuckling.com

92 points     2008 Cabernet Franc Robert’s Blend
“This is balanced and racy with a lovely balance of dark fruits, such as blackberries and currants, with hints of fresh herbs. Full and round with silky tannins and a long finish. Juicy and elegant. Why wait?”

92 points     2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
“I like the style of this CA Cab.  It’s balanced and fruity with a silky texture and a long finish.  Full and rich with dark fruits and hints of prunes on the finish.  All there.  Best in two to three years.”

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2008 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver medal - the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards

Napa Valley Vintners & St. Helena Star Tasting Panel
First Place

February 3, 2011
Full article here




2007 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon - current press (pdf)


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February 2011 Issue

2007 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
**** 4 Stars (Highly Recommended)

PARKER
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Issue 192
December 23, 2010

Oakville Ranch Vineyards

2008

Cabernet Franc Robert’s Blend

Oakville

$90.00

RED

93

Oakville Ranch Vineyards

2007

Cabernet Franc Robert’s Blend

Oakville

$90.00

RED

93

Oakville Ranch Vineyards

2008

Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville

$60.00

RED

94+

Oakville Ranch Vineyards

2007

Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville

$60.00

RED

92+

Oakville Ranch Vineyards

2008

Chardonnay

Oakville

$40.00

WHITE

90

Oakville Ranch Vineyards

2008

Zinfandel Field Blend

Oakville

$25.00

RED

95

A delicious 2008 Chardonnay from a plateau jutting out from Napa Valley, this cuvee shows lots of buttered tropical fruit, orange, nectarine, and honeysuckle characteristics.  This light green/gold-colored 2008 should drink well for 2 – 3 years.

Oakville’s least expensive offering is the 2008 Zinfandel Field Blend (77% Zinfandel and 23% Petite Sirah).  A killer value, this stunning red offers loads of blueberries, blackberries, cherries, pepper and spice.  I see more Petite Sirah than Zinfandel character in this wine, but the suppleness of the tannins, the opulence and almost explosive richness make it an undeniable star.  Consumers should buy this 2008 by the case as it should age well for 10 – 15 years. 

The dark ruby/purple-colored 2008 Cabernet Franc Robert’s Blend (95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits aromas of camphor, charcoal, subtle burning embers and blueberry, as well as black currant fruit.  Full-bodied with a gorgeous texture, it is a sexy, lush red to enjoy over the next decade.  Given the reputation of the two vintages, there is not as much difference between the 2008 and 2007 Cabernet Franc Robert’s Blend (90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) as one might suspect.  The 2007’s more youthful dense purple color is followed by notes of blueberries, graphite, burning embers and a hint of volcanic soils.  Much like its younger sibling, it is a full-bodied, opulent effort with slightly lower alcohol.  Rich and full, this is a super effort from an under-the radar winery that merits more attention.  Drink it over the next decade.

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville plays it closer to the vest than either the Cabernet Franc or Zinfandel Field Blend.  Locked and loaded, it possesses plenty of black currant fruit intermixed with hints of earth and oak as well as a juicy, full-bodied mouthfeel.   This youthful, still grapy wine spent 19 months in French oak.  It has lots of potential, but needs to be forgotten for 3 – 4 years and should age for 15 – 20 years thereafter. 

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville exhibits a similar opaque purple color and appears to be slightly richer than the 2007, as preposterous as that may sound.  This thick, unctuously textured Cabernet is loaded with crème de cassis, charcoal, earth and spice characteristics and displays an explosively long finish.  Both vintages are great, but the 2008 might nudge out the 2007.  However, this will not be definitively decided for 10 – 15 years.  This is another 20-year wine. 

sf chronicle

Oakville Ranch wins two silver awards in 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Oakville Ranch Vineyards Chardonnay - $40.00 & Over 2008 Oakville - Napa Valley Chardonnay Silver
Oakville Ranch Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon - $60.00 & Over 2007 Oakville - Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Silver


WINE SPECTATOR

june 30, 2010, Wine Spectator
"89 points" 2007 oakville ranch chardonnay


RESTAURANT WINE

june 2010, Restaurant Wine"4+ stars, excellent"
2007 oakville ranch chardonnay

PARKER
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Issue 186,

December 23, 2009
"The winery deserves serious attention from consumers."

available wines
90 points      2006 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

87 points      2007 Oakville Ranch Chardonnay

what you can look forward to
93+ points    2007 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (not yet released)

92 points      2006 Oakville Ranch Robert’s Blend (not yet released)

94points       2007 Oakville Ranch Robert’s Blend (not yet released)

"Some big time sleepers of the vintage are included in Oakville Ranch Vineyards’ portfolio. The crisp, ripe, medium-bodied 2007 Chardonnay exhibits good acidity along with a hint of minerality intermixed with poached pear and lemon oil characteristics. Enjoy it over the next several years.

The sleeper 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon offers impressive notes of crème de cassis, camphor, cedar, and subtle roasted herbs. Deep, full-bodied, and rich with velvety tannin and an opulent personality, this beautiful 2006 can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years. Moreover, it’s a relative bargain in the luxury priced Napa Sweepstakes. Even more complex is the stunning 2006 Cabernet Franc Robert’s Blend (a blend of 83% Cabernet Fran and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon). Elegant notes of blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with hints of mint and forest floor are followed by a medium-bodied, gorgeously proportioned, seductive Cabernet Franc. With sweet fruit, plenty of burgeoning complexity, and no hard edges, this cuvée reveals an intense fruit character but is not heavy on the palate. My recollection is that the 1971 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (which had a lot of Cabernet Franc in the blend) was similar to this wine in its youth. This 2006 should age well for 15-20 years.

The 2007 reds are even better. The 2007 Cabernet Franc Robert's Blend (90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) is an awesome example of what Cabernet Franc is capable of achieving in Napa Valley. Its opaque purple color is followed by subtle notes of smoke, charcoal, blueberries, blackberries, flowers, and licorice. Deep, rich, dense, beautifully textured, and medium to full-bodied as well as elegant and gracious as it cascades over the palate, this supple Cabernet Franc is capable of lasting 15-20+ years. The Opaque purple-hued 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very promising effort. Classic notes of crème de cassis, camphor, flowers, barbecue smoke, and spice are followed by a wine with sweet tannin, full body, a layered mouthfeel, a multidimensional texture, and a long finish without a rough edge to be found. This brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age, and drink beautifully over the following 20-25 years. The winery deserves serious attention from consumers."

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91 points       2005 Oakville Ranch Robert’s Blend 

"Dark fruits and stony soils are suggested by this wine’s nicely rich aromas, and, as the wine opens, it slowly reveals curranty, dried leaf and slightly briary notes that are at once "claretty" in nature but stand on their own as separate from Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is both tight and slightly supple at the front of the palate and picks up a bit of the variety’s crunching tannin in the latter half. It wants service with beef steaks or roasts and has plenty of stuffing for five to eight year of aging."  

april/may 2010, California Grapevine
"highly recommended"  2007 Oakville Ranch Chardonnay

march 31, 2010, Koeppel on Wine
"The Oakville Ranch Robert’s Blend [2005] is close enough to being the best cabernet franc wine made in California that the others should just line up behind it."

national women's wine competition
march 2010, National Women’s Wine Competition
"double gold" 2006 oakville ranch cabernet sauvignon
"bronze" 2006 oakville ranch robert's blend

january 28, 2010, The Miami Herald
"Highly Recommended" 2007 Oakville Ranch Chardonnay

january 2010, American Fine Wine Competition
"gold medal" 2007 oakville ranch chardonnay

january 2010, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

"gold medal" 2006 oakville ranch cabernet sauvignon
"silver medal" 2008 oakville ranch chardonnay

september 26, 2009, Sommelier Challenge, International Wine Competition
"gold medal"  2007 oakville ranch chardonnay

march 30, 2009, Nick's Wine of the Week, nickonwine.com
"stressed out vines make better wines"  2003 oakville ranch cabernet sauvignon

february, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
"best of class"  2007 oakville ranch chardonnay

february 9, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
"silver medal" 2005 oakville ranch cabernet sauvignon

february 9, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
"silver medal" 2005 oakville ranch robert's blend

december 2008/ january 2009, Decanter Magazine
"4 stars" 2005 oakville ranch cabernet sauvignon

december 2008/ january 2009, Wine News
"outsanding chardonnays" 2006 oakville ranch chardonnay

december 2008/ january 2009, Wine News
"outsanding cabernets" 2005 oakville ranch cabernet sauvignon

december, 2008, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
"88 points" 2005 oakville ranch cabernet sauvignon

december, 2008, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
"87 points" 2004 oakville ranch robert's blend

november, 2008, American Fine Wine Competition
"silver medal" 2007 oakville ranch chardonnay

november, 2008, American Fine Wine Competition
"silver medal" 2005 oakville ranch cabernet

october, 2008, Best of Appellation Awards
"silver medal" 2006 oakville ranch chardonnay

october 29, 2008, Koeppel on Wine
"excellent"              2004 oakville ranch robert's blend
                               2005 oakville ranch cabernet sauvignon

july, 2008, Koeppel on Wine
"excellent" 2006 oakville ranch chardonnay

june/july 2008, California Grapevine
"highly recommended"   2006 oakville ranch chardonnay

june 2008, Restaurant Wine
"4+ stars, excellent" 2006 oakville ranch chardonnay

june 2008, Wine News
"93 points" 2006 oakville ranch chardonnay


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