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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Wetmore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

SKU 409292
Country United States
Region Livermore Valley, CA
Type Red
Varietal Blend - Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Merlot
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB MB

Colour

Dark garnet red.

Aroma

Deep, bold and concentrated with beautifully layered aromatics of rose pedals, raspberry and blackberry.

Flavour

Intense flavours of ripe plums, red and black fruit with a touch of spice and black tea. This full-bodied, supple wine has a long, lingering finish with robust tannins and elegantly balanced acidity.

Food Pairing

Pair with all types of red and robust meats.

More Info

The origins of Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon date back to when Charles Wetmore first imported this clone of Cabernet to the Livermore Valley from the commune of Margaux, France. Named after one of the Livermore Valley's most prominent pioneers, California's first agricultural commissioner renowned for planting vine cuttings from many of Bordeaux's top Chateaux in the Livermore Valley in the 1880s.  This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and pumped over twice daily. Aged for 20 months in 40% new French oak and 60% second and third use French oak barrels.

95 pts

The Tasting Panel, Nov/2019

2017 -

"As California’s first agricultural commissioner, Wetmore planted vine cuttings from many of Bordeaux’s wellknown châteaux in the Livermore Valley in the 1880s. Those vines continue to produce today in the valley’s gravelly loam soils on the Wente family’s CSWA-certified sustainable estate. This single-vineyard wine, named for the pioneer who brought a piece of Margaux to Livermore, is co-fermented with Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Malbec in stainless steel and aged for 18 months in 40% new and 60% second- and third-use French barrels. This is a stellar vintage, offering up an intense nose of cigar leaf and espresso-laden blackberry. While the 2016 (which received the same score) was fuller in body, the current release shows a graceful, silky entry, with dried violets and plum. It’s juicy to the core, with undertones of coffee bean, soy sauce, orange peel, and cedar that keep the palate entertained. 95 "

91 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Jan/2020

2017 -

"This is an elegant, well-balanced and polished wine that has lots of fruit flavors accented by light black-olive and oak nuances. It's medium to full in body, fairly concentrated and just lightly tannic to firm up the texture."

95 pts

The Tasting Panel, Jul/2019

2016 -

"As California’s first agricultural commissioner, Wetmore planted vine cuttings from many of Bordeaux’s well-known châteaux in Livermore Valley in the 1880s. Those vines continue to produce today in the valley’s gravelly loam soils on the Wente family’s certified-sustainable estate. This single-vineyard wine, named for the pioneer who brought a piece of Margaux to Livermore, is co-fermented with Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Malbec in stainless steel and aged for 18 months in 40% new and 60% second- and third-use French barrels. The nose is greeted by big notes of dark chocolate and black fruit. Full-bodied, the fruit generously washes across the palate in waves of blackberry cream and violets. On the broad-shouldered palate with silky tannins, cassis and cocoa persist, and a fine acidity keeps it fresh-tasting."

91 pts

Natalie MacLean, May/2019

2015 -

"Full-bodied, smooth and elegant with Old World restraint. Not fruit forward. More structure and earthy notes than big berry flavours. Decant 1 hour and enjoy with a rare steak."

91 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Dec/2018

2015 -

“This wine has a big, spicy presence backed by a lush fruit flavor. Cedar, clove and cinnamon aromas fill the nose followed by ripe black-cherry, blackberry and dried plum flavors that are wrapped in a blanket of fine-grained tannins. The mouthfeel is generous but balanced by good acidity.”

 

Los Angeles International Wine Awards 2018

2015 -

Bronze Medal

93 pts

Critics Challenge Wine Competition 2017

2014 -

Gold Medal

91 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Dec/2017

2014 -

"This bold and full-bodied wine has vivid smoke and spice aromas, with rich blackberry and espresso flavors. A healthy wrapping of tannins add an appetizing bite and a lingering, lightly spicy finish. Overall, the tasty oak nuances are well blended with the ripe fruit."

90 pts

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017

2014 -

Gold Medal

 

Gismondi on Wine, Nov/2018

2014 -

"Plush and mouth filling, with velvet tannins supporting the rich and sun-ripened black and red fruits. There's a savoury leathery note to this bold wine that provides cab's proper gravitas. Cassis, baked plums, dark chocolate, cedar on the intense palate, with toasty wood spicing. The wood is enveloped into the density of the fruit, making this ready for drinking now, with beef. This single vineyard cab (Charles Wetmore Vineyard) comes from Livermore Valley's clay hillsides and gravelled alluvial fans, between 460-735ft. This aged for 20 months in 40 percent new French oak. This is splashed with petit verdot, petite sirah, and malbec."

95 pts

California State Fair, Jul/2016

2013 -

Gold Medal

92 pts

The Tasting Panel, Feb/2016

2013 -

"Dark ruby color; lush, spicy and rich blackberry, plum and chocolate; smooth, dense and lush with depth and a long, intense finish."

 

Indy International Wine Competition 2016

2013 -

Double Gold Medal & Wine of the Year Award