Red

2013 Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Moon Mountain District
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Community Tasting Notes 21

  • btwine Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 25, 2021 - Decanted 3.5 hrs to start. Very dark purple in the glass. Creme de menthe nose. Big and strong flavors of chocolate, cassis, tobacco, espresso, and more in a very complex mouthful. Long and unfolding finish. Firm but not overwrought tannins, nicely balanced with acid. This will have many years left, and with the decant tastes great now. The only down credit for me is the alcohol, at the buzzkill level of 15.7%.

  • rogernn@aol.com wrote: 90 points

    September 20, 2021 - Big and bold. Slightly sweet.

  • cellaradvisors wrote: 100 points

    November 22, 2020 - asdfasdfasdasdf

  • Mark1npt Likes this wine: 95 points

    November 7, 2020 - This wine needs time! At the pnp, tons of oak......a little lead pencil. The wine is a bit thin in the mouth. Over the course of 3 hours this changes dramatically. It puts on weight, it loses 90% of the oak, the dark red fruit and lead pencil open up. Loads of sweet tobacco. The tannins still have some grip. This wine is prodigious. It has 10-20 years more to go and reflects on the Arrowood legacy. Beautiful.......

    Addendum: later in the evening after about 5 hours of air, the tannins become a little coarser and the fruit a little blacker, fwiw. At 7+ hours it changes yet again into a powerhouse of a wine as the tannins smooth out and lose some of their astringency. The alcohol seems most prominent at this point at 15.5%, yet not to the point of being overbearing. The fruit seems even more extracted and juicy now. This transformation just re-affirms that this wine has a long, long way to go.

    Addendum: Next day 11/8......Taking more good advice from Agelvis on decanting so left the last glass of the bottle on the table overnight to full air, so now 18+ hours open to the elements.

    Wow.....just wow......the nose is classic red fruited lead pencil...the mouth feel has changed completely, now thicker, smoother, creamier? That's not usually an adjective reserved for a cab.....the alcohol has receded, tannins have melted into the background. Acidity is about 10% higher on the finish than the rest of the wine in its current form and lends to a great elongated mouthwatering ending. Why was I drinking this yesterday, when it is so much better today? Changing my score from the previous 93 to a right now 95+.....and this may just be a starting point going forward, it feels like there is plenty of lifespan here, more density here, more 'here' here. I now have to wonder if other vintages of Richard Arrowood's cabs will respond to air like this? Wines which were made to age for 30 years, being this enjoyable, this early on? Should be quite the experiment!

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  • GJVines Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 15, 2020 - This was much improved since my last bottle in April. Suspect it will be close to its prime by summer or fall of 2021. Started drinking this bottle after a half hour decant. Good deal of sediment so always a good idea to decant this, plus the air helps while this is still relatively young. Very nice nose. Delicious, well blended cab, which now retains only a touch of the heat it displayed in April. Medium bodied, with a nice long finish. Very good value at around $60. In my opinion, this could be close to a classic wine if it had more mouthfeel, but it is a good one.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • Type Red
  • Producer Amapola Creek
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Estate
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Moon Mountain District
  • UPC Code 645971002075

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  • In Cellars 664 (63%)
  • Consumed 385 (37%)

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