2015 Band of Vintners "Consortium" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1353343 91 points Decanter

 This warm, dry year was a fantastic vintage in Napa, and this wine has a rich spiciness, a soft and silky texture and polished tannins. It’s ready to drink now, but can age, too. (EM)  (7/2018)

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The Band of Vintners are a group of Napa Valley friends with more than four decades of diversified wine-making knowledge and experience. Wanting to make high-quality wines that are both delicious and affordable, they pooled their collective resources and talents. Winemaker's Notes: "2015 produced wines that are consistent with what one would expect from a warm, dry year in Napa. The wine is approachable in its youth due to its fruit forwardness, but has the density and structure, due to the low yields in the vineyard, to age for an additional five to ten years to allow for its Cabernet nuances and complexities to reveal themselves. Varietal Blend: 93% Cabernet, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc.Aging: 15 months in French Oak."

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By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2018 | Send Email
Consortium comes from a "Band of Vintners" in Napa Valley, a group of seven wine industry insiders in Napa Valley who know their fruit. The result of their collaboration is a wonderfully crafted balance of Old and New World, highlighting their understanding of the region's wine and history. The nose is complex, with hints of ripe fruit, but with a slightly gamey undertone. Aromas of clove, cinnamon, red currant, black cherry, burnt orange peel and star anise come next. The palate, though predictably lush and dark fruit forward, has an unmistakable grilled green poblano note, a tribute to classic old-world Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine finishes big, with opulent gourmet spice, and mouth-gripping tannins.

By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2018 | Send Email
A project embarked upon by seven different wine industry professionals, this is the latest version of their flagship wine. Consortium, which is comprised of over 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% other Bordeaux varietals, invites you with a pretty nose of dark fruits, violet, hay, and dried herbs. On the palate, the flavors of plums, blackberry, and currants are ripe and fruit-forward but are followed by a silky tannin structure and lift of acidity. A great example of a wine that is delicious in its youth, but will only get better as time passes. This is easily one of the best Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon offerings for under $50 in store

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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.

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.


- 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.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5