You'll need no introduction to Jack Nicklaus but you may not be so familiar with his wine. This is a joint venture between two families and Jack Nicklaus and his two sons have teamed up with the Terlato family to produce this big, bold, classy Cabernet sauvignon.
The 2009 vintage was a Silver Medal winner at the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
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Sommelier Wine Awards 2013
Napa Valley region of United States
Both a winemaker’s and a tourist’s dream, the Napa Valley in California’s North Coast region is the most famous of all of California’s winemaking regions.
Although that’s not to say it is on the coast, because it is not, in fact it is sheltered from the coast by Carneros and Sonoma, and this warmer, inland region is where Cabernet rules. Bigtime.
In order to hone in on this undisputed stylish Napa Cabernet, the region has 15 sub appellations. From cool and mountain-influenced to warm and hot, the Napa-based fraternity would argue by some distance that there is no such thing as a typical Napa Cabernet without probing that little bit deeper into this region diverse’s and eclectic range of terroirs.
These wines may not always be the cheapest, but they are a fine interpretation of what Californian class.
Home for this varietal is the Bordeaux region of Western France, where some of the greatest red wines are created at Châteaux Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Mouton-Rothschild.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a late ripening grape that requires more sunlight and a warmer climate, so it is found in many areas of the New World. Napa Valley California, Hawke’s Bay New Zealand and Coonawarra Australia make superb Cabernet wine, where the levels of ripeness achieved make blending unnecessary. It’s bunches are loosely formed and the grapes are thick skinned and have a high skin to pulp ratio.
Classically this varietal gives low yields of full bodied, high acid, tannic wines. The classic flavours are blackcurrants. In cooler regions, this can be accompanied by notes of green capsicum and cedarwood, which become more accentuated as the wine ages. Warm climate Cabernet Sauvignon can have more of a black cherry, and even olive, fruit character.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the best grape varietal for ageing, what with its strength in tannin, fruit structure and fruit concentration. Cabernet wines (and the blended wines) can improve over decades, often developing complex, integrated secondary fruit flavours.
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Salads & Vegetables
This wine would work well with a Thai style beef salad or a shredded duck equivalent. It suits most barbecued and grilled meats so a Mexican dish would work well.
Fish & Seafood
This wine is generally too heavy for fish and seafood.
Pasta & Other Sauces
Rich creamy sauces, such as cheesy carbonara, work well with this wine.
Casseroled game such as pheasant and venison work well with this wine but it is also perfectly suited to duck, beef, lamb and boar!
Herbs & Spices
The strong flavours of black pepper, garlic and chives make an excellent match for this wine. It would also stand up well against mint, rosemary and thyme.
Oaky wines can be tricky to pair but we think paprika flavoured foods would work well with this wine.
This wine works well with Brie, Camembert, Edam, Red Leicester and Chaume cheeses.