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Tasting Notes


The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is a compelling effort. There are 245 cases of this 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot blend. Sweet notes of creme de cassis intermixed with licorice, pipe smoke, and toasty new oak gush from the glass of this full-bodied, unctuously-textured Cabernet. It possesses tremendous inner-strength as well as a mid-palate in which one could get lost. This frighteningly rich, concentrated yet structured 2001 is classic mid-Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. How do these people do it?

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The Winery

Behrens Family

Located on the top of Spring Mountain, this wine estate produces small lots of about six wines annually. The winery was originally founded in 1993 as Behrens & Hitchcock Winery, but changed their name in 2005 when the Behrens family became the sole proprietor. Every year the portfolio changes slightly depending on the growing season, but the family tries to make recurring wines including the Merlot-forward Front Man, Cabernet Sauvignon-based Homeland, and a few others from chosen vineyards. The name Erna Schein on the label is a dedication to the mother of one of the winemakers who worked in the hospitality industry. With quirky and unique label art, the wines are just as appetizing as the labels are interesting.

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