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2001 DR Stephens - Cabernet Sauvignon Moose Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Score
95
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Don Stephens was certainly present in Real Estate school when they talked about location, location? It was likely no accident when he and wife Trish chose just such a place to build a weekend Napa Valley home in 1996 on Howell Mountain, behind Meadowood Resort in St. Helena. Over time, their 36 acres was soon populated with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vines planted by Jim Barbour. With winemaker Celia Masyczek at the reigns, you can expect great things. She never fails to dazzle me. The nose and the flavors are so rich, I think of candy, smooth and mouth coating. Fig, blackberry and black cherry are present in the nose with a saturated palate showing spicy oak. 968 cases produced.

Author Charley
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.545%
Tasted On 11/02/2012
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Super good. Better than many cabs costing 2x or more. Not as beefy as the "big" cab genera, but still very good fruit and nice balance of tannins.

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Author Dan McD
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.03%
Tasted On 12/31/2011
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Author dvaldosf
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 12/17/2010

Amazing wine. Medium to full bodied. Beautiful dark purple color in the glass. The tannins are extremely well integrated and bare perceptible on the palate. I was surprised to see that the alcohol level is 14.5%, because the wine is extremely well balanced. Dark fruits, beautiful aromas on the nose. I am glad I waited 6 years to open this wine, though I now wish I had more. Tremendous effort! The wine has another 5 to 10 years of life if cellared properly (which mine was).

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Author Adriel L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.783%
Tasted On 04/17/2010

Cab drinking very well right now. Good mid palate texture with good weight and long finish. Don't decant for more than an hour before.

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Author dwdorman
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.774%
Tasted On 08/09/2009
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Wow! This is an excellent wine with full expression of fruit spectrum, elegant balanced tannins long satiney finish. Drank next to a Bond and a Harlan and it was right there!

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.259%
Tasted On 10/20/2003

A welcome surprise during this tasting, the 2001 D. R. Stephens is a superlative effort. Darkly colored with dusty fruit and chalk aromas. Impressive concentration of dark fruits gives the wine considerable length. Well balanced structure with finely etched tannins and adequate acidity. The level of oak used is substantial but the wine shows no difficulty in handling the new wood.

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