2004 Sbragia Family Cabernet Sauvignon Rancho del Oso

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
Drink between 2010 - 2016 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 23

  • Purslane Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 11, 2019 - At 15 years old, this wine shows the virtues of aging Napa Cabernet Sauvignon long before drinking such wines, especially for high altitude mountainous appellations like Howell Mountain. Full bodied, powerful, strongly structured, and richly fruity. But what comes only with adequate age is effusive aromas, great integration, a caressing texture, a seamless taste where each part of the taste perfectly fits together, complex secondary flavors, and multiple layers of tastes. Will remain eminently drinkable for another 5 years.

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  • roadrunnerbob Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 7, 2018 - Wonderful smooth drinking wine. No rankings or acidity. Better as it opened up in glass. Light oak, dark cherries, light tobacco or smoke. Fruit is fading and wine is probably on downside of life.

  • ikkaariainen Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 5, 2018 - Overall a very consistent impression from my last TN over 2 years ago, now just 2 years older. Wonderfully mature and drinking superbly but the tannins and acid are all gone thus would recommend drinking up any remaining inventory now - the fruit will start to fade. A very good and very mature limited production Napa Valley cab that remains a very good QPR at our price point. Deep purple with some peripheral bricking, medium - full bodied, soft & balanced, very well integrated, as noted above the tannins are now all gone and a shortening aftertaste. Nose dark and warm with dark cherry, cola and mocha. Primary flavors include subtle oak, cassis, dark cherry and blueberry with a hint of smoke at the end. Still a really beautiful wine, highly recommend this wine although as noted above needs to drink up any remaining holdings - this is on it's last legs at this level. This needs a bit of swirling and air in the glass but no decant needed.

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  • winopops3 Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 3, 2017 - The fruit is still surprisingly vibrant(mostly dark), but some secondary notes of tobacco and pencil adding complexity. This really demonstrates the best of what Napa cab can be with some age.

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  • Apollo5710 wrote: 94 points

    January 15, 2017 - We really enjoyed this wine. Like other tasters have noted, it is in good shape, and certainly in its drinking window. Compared to the Monte Rosso 2004 we had a couple years ago, this was much bigger and more complex, and simply better in every way. The fruit was most up-front for us, with the nose showcasing a mix of red and dark fruits, violets, graphite, chocolate, charcoal, smoke, and a touch of menthol. With time, the usual spice and licorice notes emerged as well. In the mouth, it's large-scaled, lush, and powerful, with strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and plum flavors melded with a nice gamey, meatiness finish. The finish was a little harsh over the first couple hours, but this settled down with time. I'd say there's no immediate hurry to drink up, there was definitely enough structure and substance to reward some additional years in the cellar - but how much better will it get? I'm not sure... But we're glad we opened our last bottle last night!

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

    (Sbragia Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rancho del Oso Howell Mountain Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sbragia Family
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Rancho del Oso
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain

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  • In Cellars 161 (44%)
  • Consumed 208 (56%)

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