2016 Lava Cap Estate El Dorado County Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1403066 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Both concentrated and luxurious, this wine is a classic that offers a broad range of enticing aromas, plenty of delicious fruit in the middle and a lingering finish. Clove, cedar and cassis fill the aromas, while ripe blueberry and black cherry flood the palate. A great balance of a velvety texture and soft tannins holds it all together. *Editors' Choice* (JG)  (2/2019)

K&L Notes

Gold Medal - SF Chronicle Wine Awards 2018. Winery Notes: "Lava Cap’s estate grown grapes have long been recognized for producing a wine with lovely structure and vibrant fruit character. The moderate weather produced a wine that stretches from the leaves to the roots with a tightly balanced, pure fruit. The fragrant must of fruit was cold-soaked for three days to enhance color and flavor. The wine was barrel aged giving a lovely balance between tannins and the layers of flavors."


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2019 | Send Email
There’s something really special Amador County wines. It is a great place for small, family wineries that are pushing for quality and still making affordable wines. This Lava Camp is a great example. Grown way up at 2700 feet, you’ll find the hallmark richness you’d expect from Amador County, but a little bit of cool climate character too: bright acid and lively red fruits. Small and honest producer, quality-driven, sense of place, and great price: this wine checks off everything in my book.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1