Livermore, California, United States

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country; owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines.

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Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU 301507
Country United States
Region Livermore Valley, CA
Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Listing Specialty
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB SK MB

Colour

Crimson with purple highlights.

Aroma

Aromatics of dark fruit such as dark cherry, plum and blackberry. The aging of oak barrels imparts the touch of vanilla and cedar to round out this medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.

Flavour

Juicy dark red fruit flavours of plum and black cherry. The finish is smooth and supple with hints of chocolate and spice. Rich, mouth-filling tannins and a full-bodied mouthfeel, this wine provides a long, smooth finish.

Food Pairing

This a great pair with roasted and grilled meats, or fuller flavoured fish such as salmon and Ahi tuna.

More Info

This Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is developed from vines that California wine pioneer Charles Wetmore brought from France in the 19th century. The Wente family farms approximately 400 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards matched to the soils and meso-climates with rootstocks and clones selected for each site. The Livermore Valley offers a climate ideal for growing red Bordeaux varieties, with a long growing season that develops ripe, round fruit flavours. Each vineyard was harvested separately and fermented in upright fermenters, with regular pumping over to increase colour and tannin extraction and improve mouthfeel. This wine was aged for 16 months in new and used French and Eastern European oak barrels as well as stainless steel tanks. Aging in stainless steel helps preserve fruit vibrancy in the wine.

90 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Jan/2020

2017 -

"Smooth, polished and flavorful, this full-bodied wine surrounds black-cherry and dark-chocolate flavors with fine-grained tannins for a seamless combo of taste and texture."

90 pts

The Tasting Panel, Nov/2019

2017 -

"Two clones originating from wine pioneer Charles Wetmore’s 19th-century Bordeaux cuttings comprise this Cab, co-fermented with Petite Sirah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Well-drained rocky soils are home to these east-west-oriented estate vineyards, located in the southern hills of the valley. Ripe aromas of plum and spicy brush lead to a juicy note of boysenberry as dusty tannins match up against wild strawberries from tilled soil. Licorice and walnut add texture on the finish. 90"

 

Deanna Van Mulligen, winescores.ca, Nov/2019

2017 -

"Jammy, approachable, smooth. A very jammy nose of blueberry, raspberry, vanilla, licorice and mocha leads to a supple palate with oodles of sweet fruit and vanilla liqueur. There is a slightly fishy undertone, on the nose and palate. A straightforward and approachable wine, international in style, to pair with chili dogs, burgers, spicy wings or sausage."

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2020

2017 -

Silver Medal

92 pts

The Tasting Panel, Jul/2019

2016 -

"Two clones originating from pioneer Charles Wetmore’s 19th-century Bordeaux cuttings comprise this Cab, co-fermented with Petite Sirah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Welldrained rocky soils are home to these east-west–oriented estate vineyards, located in the southern hills of the valley. The perfume is exciting, with accents of candied cherries, heather, and roses. Round, sultry tannins have a backdrop of cedar, ripe blackberries, and violets. Juicy and delicious."

90 pts

Natalie MacLean, May/2019

2016 -

Best Value "This robust, layered Californian red wine is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Petit Sirah, 5% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc grapes. Solid, balanced and concentrated. Great price for classic Californian Cabernet. Cool-climate influences the structure. Pair with a rare steak."

89 pts

Steve Thurlow, Wine Align, Apr/2018

2015 -

"This is a well priced California cabernet that's not over flamboyant. Expect a harmonious nose of blueberry and blackberry fruit with well integrated oak, vanilla, spice and herbal notes. It is well balanced midweight and quite sinewy with very good length, gentle acidity and a fine tannin structure. And its not overripe like many others from this region. Try with a steak. Tasted April 2018."

 

Los Angeles International Wine Awards 2018

2015 -


Bronze Medal

 

Natalie Maclean, Jan/2017

2014 -

Best Value "This well-made Californian red wine is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Petit Sirah, 5% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc grapes. Elegant, balanced and complex. Great price for classic Californian Cabernet. Cool-climate influences at play here."

 

Steve Thurlow, Wine Align, Feb/2017

2014 -

"This is a well priced California cabernet with a fragrant nose of blueberry and blackberry with mild oak, vanilla and herbal notes. It is well balanced midweight and quite taught with very good length. Gentle acidity and the fine tannin structure lie beneath ripe but not overripe fruit. Try with bbq meats. Very good length. Best 2017 to 2020. Tasted February 2017."

 

92 pts

Los Angeles International Wine Awards 2016

2013 -

Gold Medal

89 pts

Steve Thurlow, Wine Align, Feb/2016

2013 -

"This is a reasonably priced California cabernet that delivers pretty much on all levels. Expect a fragrant nose of blackcurrant and blackberry with subtle oak, vanilla and herbal notes. It is well balanced midweight and quite sinewy with very good length. I love the gentle acidity and the fine tannin structure. And its not overripe like many others from this region. Try with a juicy sauteed duck breast with a dark plum sauce. Very good length."