The Max Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon conjures aromas of ripe cherry and cedar. The palate is crisp and textured with notes of mocha, black currant, and vanilla, which balance the endless acidity, chewy tannins and a hint of French oak.
This wine was built to complement, and not overpower, making a wine that is perfect for a holiday supper.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation: Max Vineyard in Yountville
Aging: 22 months in 35% new French oak
Fermentation: Whole berry fermented for over 2 weeks with extended maceration for 20 days
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@rjquillin Agreed, although you can click on the price comparison link and see that it also shows as a 2012 on the Stewart website. I’m trying to figure out if this is a different bottling than was previously offered on WW. I bought 2 bottles of 2009 Stewart Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for $45 apiece on 11/25/2012 with a suggested retail price of somewhere between $60 - $65. Different wine or just lower price point now?
Answering my own question, there is indeed another 2012 Stewart Cab Sauv bottling that retails in the $65 range. Looks like this is the first bottling of their Max Vineyard Cab? No other vintages listed on CT.
Here is article that should give everyone a sense of the fruit sources (Beckstoffer among others) and the winery.
@johnnelson7333 That is a different bottling that sells at a higher price point. This is a single vineyard bottling from the Max Vineyard in Yountville. It appears to be their first vintage of this wine.
@iqueal We did get a fourth casemate and I was running errands in the storm so I couldn’t post. Got home and completely forgot about it. We will definitely keep you in mind for any future cases. Thanks and my apologies for not getting to you quicker.
@arielleslie When someone talks about chewy tannins, they mean it’s a young wine with substantial, noticeable tannin in the finish, and maybe even in the midpalate. Depending on the rest of the characteristics of the wine, and the vintage generally, that can be a sign the wine will likely age over a long period of time (10-20 years or more) or it can be a sign the wine is out of balance and will never knit. It takes a certain amount of experience to know which is likely (remember, with wine over time, there is only likelihood, never certainty).
For background, 2012 was one of the most successful years so far in the 21st century for serious Cabernet Sauvignon (especially in Napa), and is considered to have very great promise in the better wines. Even the lesser wines often seem very good and ageworthy. Of course, the better wines (and this wine’s description suggest it will fit the pattern) will need at least 10, maybe even 15, years to reach the maturity that makes them special. And, since it’s only a little more than 5 years past 2012 harvest, the wines are likely just transitioning from an initial red/fresh fruity charm (if they have it) to the closed or muted period between about 5-6 and 9-10 when they are at their least enjoyable.
I’d say this wine is worth trying if you like Cabernet at all, though I have not had it and was not a rat for it.
@rpm this does appear to be more accessible than Stewart’s higher priced bottling though, just basing that on winery notes. And although I have my share of older domestic cabs and others as well, I tend to drink them much sooner than I do there French and Italian counterparts. Different strokes…
@rpm@Kawa ok, I am buying a case. You can choose the # of bottles you want (I am ok with as little as 1 and as many as 12). I will store them in Manhattan until you are ready for them. send me a note at willkimmail [google]
My SIWBM is holding up very well. This would make for three Casemates purchases already. At this pace, maybe my kids will finally manage to drink down the inventory - it seems obvious that I don’t have the willpower to reduce my buying pace below my drinking pace. And yes, I know I can increase my drinking pace, but that brings its own issues.
Anyway, anyone in SD or MN up for a split? I’d prefer a three-way or even four-way split, as a way of convincing myself that I’m really not buying all that much.
@klezman It would have been awesome for a Rep or Rat to have helped with the impulse to buy. I’m a napa cab guy amongst many others! But cherry and cedar with currant in French oak doesn’t help too much for me.
@mrn1 Thanks, I was a little skeptical after the very first Casemates offer was only 11% less by the case but that has increased to as much as 33% and most offers seem to be falling within the 15% - 25% range.
Couldn’t find much information on this wine, no lab rats, no notes from Winery, no one wrote anything about it. Decent pedigree from Winery, good location, good vineyard.
Price is very reasonable for good wine for this location. If wine is good, this is a steal! If wine is mediocre for this vineyard, still a good deal. Can’t see much downside, so I bought a case. The worst thing that can happen is a house wine and a reasonable price. Also possible that I will kick myself in the backside for not buying enough.
@kjcbike I was just thinking the same. After looking through the winery site I felt that if CM offered a merlot/cab/Pinot mix that would have been fun from such a mysterious place. I’m tempted this last hour for 3.
Ok, so we’ve got some discussion going for Chicago area folks to do a split. Searching around, is there a way to contact other members behind the scenes? I would hope so since the sharing thing is how this is being presented. If this has been addressed, missed it. I still find the messaging here kind of hard to follow, but I’m trying!
I opened a bottle tonight after a long day at work. My initial thoughts were “Man, I am glad I bought a case!”.
There is fine sediment in the bottle on PnP. I am guessing this was unfined? Color is a translucent plumb purple. Dark, but not crazy dark. No sediment in the glass. Taste is cherries and blackberries with light to medium tannins, light to medium acidity, and medium to long finish. Its not especially complex but it is very elegant. Very easy to drink. No bad tastes. Leaves a good taste on the tongue. Amazing after a long day of work. This is a really great wine, and I am really enjoying it. Like I said, I am very glad I bought a case.
I had this with my famous homemade chili. It held up surprisingly well. I dont expect that this is really built for aging, but It should hold up for a while, and Ill check in on it over the next few days to see how it does.