Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Value Quality Deliciousness in the Bottle

We tried the Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 at our Easter dinner with prime rib and all the other yummy Spring dishes that go with this special day for our family. Loved this bottle for quality and price, richness and long finish. There’s a lot of spice in the nose, dried cherry and tobacco. On the palate this is a lush Cabernet Sauvignon, dark fruits – blackberry and cherries persist (my fav dominate flavor in red wine – cherries). Mid-palate a burst of fruit, including raspberries and coffee. The tannins are lithe and balanced – can’t help but think this wine should be in the $20+ range, but in my market it’s about $15. Velvety and coating mouthfeel with a lovely long finish – more cherries, black pepper flood into the nose. 14.5% ABV

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What is “337? “From the label:

Noble Vines 337 is the most coveted Cabernet Sauvignon vine stock in Bordeaux, France. These rare wines are prized for their concentrated flavor and thrive in the red soils and cobblestones of our Lodi vineyard.

I remember when Lodi was not a source of good wine fruit. Lodi equaled jug-wine Gallo ‘back in the day. Today, with superior knowledge of growing, pruning, harvesting and great education funneling winemakers and viticulturists into vineyards, we’re finding good wine coming from unexpected places. Noble Vines is owned by the Delicato Family Vineyards. The Noble Vines 337 Cabernet is from a single estate vineyard, Clay Station, with a Lodi AVA (American Viticultural Area) east of San Francisco Bay in California’s Central Valley

The 337 Cabernet Sauvignon pulls back the curtains and shows a little of the nuts and bolts that went into the production. There are 35 Cabernet Sauvignon grapevine clones approved for planting in California(a clone is where a section of the original vine is grafted to rootstock, without pollination, it is genetically identical to the original grapevine. This is how they got a multitude of vineyards from a relatively small number of donor grapevines). Each clone has its own set of characteristics, resistance to disease, fruit yield, flavor profile and how they perform in certain soil and weather conditions.

The 337 Cabernet Sauvignon clone is a relatively new clone (since the mid 1990s) originating in Bordeaux,France. This is not the clone used in Old School Napa Valley Cabs, though it is planted there now, and has excellent cellaring possibilities. Lodi is the California AVA that is similar to grape growing areas around the Mediterranean, cool morning breezes off the Pacific Ocean, warm summer days and cool evenings. In France they call this “terroir,” how a certain grape grown in a particular place is affected by the soil and the climate. It is very rare to find a single vineyard, single clone, “terroir” driven  California Cabernet for under 15 bucks. The 2010 tech notes don’t mention oak aging, the  2009 337 Cabernet was aged in French and American oak casks and the alcohol content is 14.5%. Source: CheapWineFinder.com

I put this Cab on my list of those I want to keep around the house, a new favorite including Lou Ven Tou 2010. Locally, Noble Vines is distributed locally by Glazers.

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