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
We started Vitus with the intention of creating great wine for great Entertainers. We wanted wine worthy of Celebration.
We drew our name from the Christian Saint, Vitus, who is known as the patron of Entertainers and Celebration. Vitus symbolizes good fortune, great wine and a gladdened heart. Every year on June 15th, the Feast of Saint Vitus commences to celebrate the martyrdom of the patron Saint Vitus and his followers.
The Vitus name also mirrors a word any wine lover should know: Viticulture - the the science, production, and study of grapes. Vitus started as a passion project by the Hearn Family and winemaker John Gilpin, who has a true knack for bringing out amazing flavor from some of the best wine grapes in the country.
Winemaker John Gilpin
John graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS degree in 1981. He went directly to work for Willamette Valley Vineyard Service in the summer of 1981, where he worked for the proprietor, Mark Benoit, in the vineyards for 5 years. He worked every harvest for Fred and Mary Benoit from 1981 to 1986 at their winery, Chateau Benoit.