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James Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


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2017 James Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

James Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

4.5 | 50 Ratings
2017 James Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Our Cabernet Sauvignon was the first wine we made. This is the wine that started it all, setting the exacting standards that we hold ourselves to for all of our varietals. Round and juicy, our Cabernet Sauvignon has flavors of blackberry, toasted hazelnut and cinnamon, complemented by hints of vanilla and toasted oak.
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2017
ACID 1.24
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
PH 3.32
Residual sugar 1.5
AGING 18 months
Alcohol % 13.5



A dark, scarlet red color, with powerful aromas of sweet ripe cabernet grapes. Initial impressions are fantastically appealing, brooding to expansive textural sensations of finely grained cacao tannins. The whole of the wine is balanced, rich, expressive and impressively complex. The backbone of fine tannin and sweet ripeness is a carry-over from perfectly mature fruit.


Climate is of huge importance when making quality wine. Secondly, soils. Most soil types in Napa Valley that I have worked with make good wine, however we search out well drained low vigor soils as a rule, where the vines struggle to produce a concentrated crop. We have found there is quite a difference in the grapes from mountaintop and low elevation hillsides, compared to what we grow on the Napa Valley floor. They are all good, and all different. The mountain yields harder tannins and higher acid making it difficult to make supple wine –and yet it is a spectacular blend component, adding rich texture. We concentrate our efforts on the better soils and aspects of blending together wines produced from eight of the sixteen sub-appellations. We are not a single vineyard production winery, instead preferring a focus on producing a wine that represents complexity through judicious blending.


When should you drink this wine? I stand by my belief that a good old wine was likely a good young wine. Our focus continues to be on making Cabernets that are scrumptious in their youth but can age with the best of them. This wine can be enjoyed upon release while it is chock full of youthful exuberance, or it can be cellared for a decade or more when the wine’s color lessens and it’s once fruit laden force matures to a cedary bottle bouquet and more refined characters.

Classic Red Wine Braised Beef Stew

There is a reason this is the ultimate winter dish! Chunks of hearty beef and vegetables are braised in red wine in the slow cooker for the ultimate easy dinner. Remember the rule – only cook with wine you are willing to drink!

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