Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019. Stephen Vincent

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019. Stephen Vincent

Item #: N0922R2
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Color: Deep Rich Ruby
Nose: Dark Chocolate, Black Cherry, Sage
Palate: Blackberry, Boysenberry
Finish: Long and Elegant
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2025/Tight Tannins, Ancho Chile/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Stephen Vincent was forerunner of California's wine industry and Sonoma County's rise to stardom. It was a passion project of three friends, all wine industry veterans. The founders included La Crema winemaker Robert Goyette, prominent vineyard owner Hossein Namdar and Robert Mondavi executive Stephen Vincent Situm, who became the brand's namesake. Their mission was clear - to create a portfolio of wines that showcase the best of Northern California, at price points that are accessible to everyone. With their combined expertise, the trio found rapid success with their latest venture.

Through the community of winegrowers and producers in Sonoma County in the early 2000s, they began working with Dennis Carroll at his new bottling facility. Dennis went on to create Wine Hooligans with the vision of bringing artisan wines made by passionate winemakers to market. This was a perfect match for Stephen Vincent and its founders. The wines of Stephen Vincent are sourced from some of the most prestigious regions in Northern California. Under the direction of award-winning winemaker Adam LaZarre, they partner with winegrowers dedicated to producing fantastic fruit vintage after vintage. This Cabernet, with grapes from Rutherford, Oak Knoll, and St. Helena districts, was aged in 65% French oak and 35% American oak. It is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of dark chocolate, black currant, and black cherry with hints of sage and cedar. Rich, ripe, and round flavors of blackberry and boysenberry fill the mouth with chocolate-covered sour kirsch and ancho chili picking up mid-palate. A solid seam of acidity supports the fine-grained tannins at the finish. Pair this wine with a grilled steak for a classic no-fail pairing, or go with a blue cheese burger for something a little more adventurous. Slow-braised beef short ribs will pair nicely with this wine, with a side of rosemary roasted potatoes or roasted mushrooms.