Summers Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $20
Just as Andriana Summers has grown up, so has Summers Villa Andriana Vineyard. With the maturity of both Andriana and the Villa Andriana Vineyard, comes our first ever Summers Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Summers Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes procured from several select vineyards in Calistoga, including the Summers’ own Villa Andriana Vineyard. A medium-bodied wine with fruity sweet, black cherry and black currant notes interwoven with notions of barbeque smoke, white chocolate and espresso. We’re proud to bring you a wine that reflects the quality and care we’ve put into our own estate vineyards.
The opaque purple-colored 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (6,000 cases made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers sweet blueberry and black currant fruit intermixed with cedarwood, damp earth and forest floor notes. Surprisingly thick, unctuous and rich with amazing intensity as well as silky tannins, it should be drunk over the next 7-10 years.
Score: 91. —Robert Parker, August 2011.