2010 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Oakville (Napa)
Today’s Vitus Napa Valley 2010 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful beast of a Cabernet. This wine is a bit shy at first, but once given a chance to breathe, it absolutely springs to life.
Today’s wine is well balanced and super concentrated, and gets better and better the longer it’s in the glass. Deep notes of dark plum and black cherry are elegantly layered overtop terroir notes of freshly ground espresso, cedar wood, and sweet tobacco leaf to create an exceptionally balanced flavor profile.
This wine hails from a 99 Point vintage, and while it drinks beautifully now, we believe some cellaring will turn it into something even more spectacular. At over 38% off, why not try a case for both the near and long term?
Foreboding dark scarlet through and through, with only the slightest hint of ruby at the edge.
Shy at first. Once the wine is given a change to breathe, dark fruit and earthy spice leap from the glass. Notes of blackberry, boysenberry, and dark plum are laid overtop sweet tobacco leaf, toasted oak, sandalwood, espresso bean, dark chocolate, sage, and black peppercorn.
Very well balanced and elegant on the palate, with concentrated, reduced dark fruit notes of blackberry, black plum, and black cherry delicately laid overtop fresh forest floor, aged cigar box, coffee bean, clove, nutmeg, and a touch of toasted dark spice.
Best decanted, this wine springs to life after opening up. This Cabernet is well rounded and smooth on the finish, and will only continue to get better with age.
Perfectly barbecued pork shoulder, served with a homemade bourbon and brown sugar glaze.
What the Winery Says
Harvested in the second week in October from the Rydman Family Vineyard in Oakville. This is a big bold wine with loads of black currant, chewy tannins, violets on the nose and cedary undertones. Aged for 2 years in new French Oak, Vitus Cabernet is an example of what Oakville is all about.
The 2010 Oakville Cabernet exhibits dark fruit flavors of cassis and blackberry with a hint of vanilla and anise. It has a long soft finish, is ready to drink and should age five or more years.
- John Gilpin
- Gold Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition (Previous Vintage)
- Oakville, Napa Valley, California
About the Winery
The name Vitus, comes from the word ‘viticulture,’ meaning the study of wine. We have adopted the patron St. Vitus to bless our good fortune and our wine. St. Vitus symbolizes good fortune, great wine and a gladdened heart. Vitus started as a mere passion by the Hearn Family and their friends in the Solano County area. Winemaker, John Gilpin, whom has a knack for blending, is excited to bring this exclusive wine to market.