Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon - $44.99

Wine Details

Price: $44.99
Producer: Arrowood Vineyards and Winery
Region: Carneros/Sonoma
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: oak, toast, white chocolate
  • Red Wine
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Product Description

  • The color is deep and youthful. The nose is a mix of ripe dark fruits, cassis, sandalwood and violets. The palate is rich and mouth coating with tannins that are clearly present, yet beautifully integrated. This is a delicious, full-bodied Cabernet that will bring great pleasure over the next decade.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
Tanzer - 89 Details: ($50) Bright ruby. Vibrant, mineral-accented redcurrant and cherry aromas, with a gentle licorice tone. Darker on the palate, with cassis and bitter cherry flavors, dusty tannins and firm grip. This has old-school texture and restraint. 2003 Tanzer bitter, cassis, cherry, licorice, redcurrant
WineSpectator - 84 Details: Distinctive for its spicy currant core of flavor. Well-balanced, with firm tannins that give it good structure and on the finish a touch of oak adds flavor. Drink now through 2009. 8,418 cases made. (JL) 2002 WineSpectator currant, oak, spicy
WineNews - 92 Details: Sweet scents of maple, coconut, pecan and new oak. Tasty cherry flavors with redwood, pencil and brown spice notes. This is a vibrant wine with the perfect amount of toasted oak in the finish. $42 2002 WineNews cherry, coconut, maple, new oak, spice, toasted oak
WineNews - 92 Details: Sweet scents of maple, coconut, pecan and new oak. Tasty cherry flavors with redwood, pencil and brown spice notes. This is a vibrant wine with the perfect amount of toasted oak in the finish. $42 2002 WineNews cherry, coconut, maple, new oak, spice, toasted oak
Tanzer - 89-90 Details: Red-ruby. Oaky aromas of currant, plum, cedar and minerals; slightly liqueur-like. Then dense but sappy, with bright, nicely concentrated flavors of currant and tobacco. This has excellent backbone, but the tannins will require at least a few years of patience. 2001 Tanzer cedar, chocolate, tobacco
WineEnthusiast - 93 Details: Master vintner Dick Arrowood has crafted a sensational wine from a sensational vintage. A blend from throughout the county, it shows his discernment in the overall balance, harmony and charm. Black currants, chocolate, green olives, sweet sage and vanilla-scented oak flavors come together in a lush, smooth, intricately structured wine that will probably hold for 10 years, but is best in its flamboyant, exuberant youth. 2001 WineEnthusiast chocolate, green olives, oak, sage
WineSpectator - 84 Details: Intense and concentrated, but lacking focus and the finesse usually found in this winemaker's style, leaving the ripe currant, anise, cedar and earth flavors hanging. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 2,023 cases made. (JL) 2001 WineSpectator anise, cedar, currant, earth
WineAndSpirits - 88 Details: Light and polished, this cabernet has a cool mint and red currant flavor. It's relatively lean, with a spicy herbal finish that will complement roast leg of lamb with rosemary. 2001 WineAndSpirits
WineNews - 90 Details: Aromas of cherry, smoky oak, cola and maple are a bit warm. Friendly tannins frame flavors of cassis, pecan, chocolate and sweet oak. Lots of cherry in the long finish. $45 2001 WineNews herbal, mint, red currant, rosemary, spicy
CGCW - 87 Details: Moderately ripe cherries with a faint scent of herb fill out the aromas of this medium-full-bodied bottling. It is smooth at entry with a good sense of weight and mid-density, well-concentrated fruit and creamy oak flavors. Touches of dried spices crop up as well, and the wine follows through comfortably despite its slight finishing narrowness. 2001 CGCW cherries, herb, oak, spices
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Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Desserts Coffee Cake, Cheesecake, Crepes, Crepes Suzette, Ginger-flavored, Vanilla Ice Cream
Fruits & Nuts Cherries

Wine Terms

Name Value
Cabernet Sauvignon (cab er nay saw vee nyon)—This highly adaptable grape grows almost anywhere it is relatively warm, but the best wines come from the Burgundy region of France (where it is a noble variety), California, and Australia. It became famous through the red wines of the Médoc district of Bordeaux and is now grown in Washington, southern France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes make wines that are high in tannin and medium- to full-bodied. Usually identified as having black currant or cassis flavors, the grape can also possess vegetal tones when the grapes are less than ideally ripe. The best wines are rich and firm with great depth, and are often aged for fifteen years or more. Because it is highly tannic, Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with other less-tannic grapes such as Merlot.
Carneros This small section of Northern California is situated at the base of both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Carneros has made its reputation with its Pinot Noirs, which are filled with strawberry, cherry, spice, and chocolate, and are very rich and seductive. Chardonnay is also excellent, very buttery but not too fat.
United States Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
California California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.

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