Robert John Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon - Review
Napa Valley, California
Our Selection for Wine of the Week November 19, 2012
Robert John Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, CA
Robert John Nowinski founded his namesake winery to showcase Napa Valley Cabernet. Nowinski and his winemaking team work with some of Napa's best recognized vineyards, including Stagecoach, Georges III and Rutherford Bench to produce hand-crafted wines. Based in Columbus, OH, the winery is currently offering a single Cabernet Sauvignon with plans underway for a second Cab and a Sauvignon Blanc. The 2009 Cabernet, the wine's inaugural bottling, is crafted from Georges III and Stage Coach vineyard fruit with a touch of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot blended in for structure and complexity. A young and still relatively tight wine, its aromas are light but interesting with notes of black fruit, caramel, rose petal, tobacco and spice. In the mouth its up front flavors are pure tart fruit with cranberry and pomegranate in prominence. There's a bit of a hole on the mid palate but flavors come on strong at the back where black currant harmonizes with herb and spice flavors. The earthier herbal notes are what linger on a respectably long finish. A big wine with a lot going on, it would be suited to simple yet burly foods like well-seasoned steaks and roasts.