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Abreu Vineyards California Wine Cabernet Sauvignon

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Abreu Vineyards,  California Cabernet Sauvignon wine producer profile, wine tasting notes, history of the property, information on their wine making techniques and their terroir, along with wine reviews and links.

Abreu vineyards is named after the founder, David Abreu. David earned his reputation as one of the top vineyard managers in Napa.  Abreu followed his father and grandfather in the profession of vineyard management and has worked with countless growers in Napa including: Harlan Estate, Colgin Cellars, Staglin Family Vineyards, Blankiet Estate, Bressler Vineyards, Araujo Estate Wines, Pahlmeyer Vineyards, Sloan Estate, Grace Family, Bryant Family and numerous other well-known California wineries including Screaming Eagle. In fact, it’s harder to find a top vineyard in the Napa Valley that David Abreu is not involved with.

As of 2011, Abreu controls close to 70 acres of prime, vineyard land in Napa.  Abreu Vineyards currently produces 5 wines, Madrona Ranch, Thorevilos, Capella, Howell Mountain and Rothwell Hyde. All the wines of Abreu Vineyards are California Cabernet Sauvignon based.

Abreu purchased his first vines, which was the start of Abreu Vineyards in 1986. Planted in 1980, the now famous Madrona Vineyard covers 23 acres and is planted to the following Bordeaux wine varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  Petit Verdot was planted in 2000. In 1987, the wine made its commercial debut.  Due to enthusiastic praise from Robert Parker for Abreu Vineyards, and word of mouth from winemakers and tasters located in Napa, Abreu Vineyards was instantly popular with wine lovers starting with the 1994 vintage.  On average, the blend is about 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35-40%  Cabernet Franc and the remainder is Merlot with a small amount of Petit Verdot.  Production is under 500 cases per year.

Abreu planted the 22 acre Thorevilos vineyard in 1990. The wine is usually a blend of  45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35-40% Cabernet Franc with most of the remainder being Petit Verdot, along with a small amount of Merlot. Under 500 cases are produced of this wine each year.

Abreu Vineyards Capella, from a 6 acre parcel ranges from 60-70% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder being Cabernet fFanc and a small amount of Petit Verdot.

Abreu Vineyards Howell Mountain is produced from an 18 acre vineyard. The wine is approximately 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc with the  remainder being Petit Verdot.

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David Abreu is a perfectionist with all his clients vineyards and his property is no exception.  Similar to how Chateau Haut Brion in Pessac Leognan picks, Abreu prefers harvesting in the early morning, taking advantage of the cooler temperatures. The fruit is sorted twice, before and the fruit is fermented with whole berries. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is placed in 100% new, French, oak barrels where it remains for two  years before bottling. They hold the wine of Abreu Vineyards for an additional two years before offering it to an eager list of customers that purchase directly from him.

Another key to the success of Abreu Vineyards is the Brad Grimes, the wine maker of Abreu. It’s the combination of Brad Grimes, David Abreu and the vineyards that produce one of the top wines from Napa. Stylistically, the wine is elegant, balanced and refined, yet it possess copious amounts of perfectly ripe fruit and silky tannins. Big, rich and ripe, but never over the top, this is a great example of what Napa does best.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2009 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. Deep in color, the nose lets you in with licorice, black and blue smoky fruits, Asian spice and espresso bean. Thick, rich, supple, powerful, and yet, with everything going on, the wine remained perfectly balanced. The tannic, long and expansive, finish builds in intensity with flavor that really linger on the palate.

      98 points - Tasted
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  2. 2009 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Cappella

    1. Incense, clay, vanilla and a wide array of ripe black and blue fruits create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is rich, intense, full bodied and concentrated with layers of sweet dark, perfectly ripe cherries. The fruit displays incredible purity. The finish is long, lush and lusty.

      97 points - Tasted
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  3. 2008 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. Explosive aromas of black cherry liqueur, vanilla bean, coffee, charcoal and blueberry create the perfume. From a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, the wine is fleshy, rich and dense, ending with lush, chocolate covered boysenberries in the long, expansive complex finish that lasts for close to 50 seconds!

      97 points - Tasted
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  4. 2008 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

    1. Fresh black raspberry jam, spice, vanilla, oak and an array of spice box notes open the aromatics. The wine is powerful, tannic, full bodied and intense. This is one of the few wines that require bottle age. In fact it demands 5-7 years before the tannins soften and the wine becomes fun to drink.

      96 points - Tasted
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  5. 2008 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Cappella

    1. Blending 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot, the aromas mix incense, blueberry, fresh brewed espresso, black cherry liqueur and chocolate mint. On the palate, the wine is silky, lush and clean ending with a black cherry, licorice and coffee filled, polished finish.

      96 points - Tasted
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  6. 2007 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. California Cabernet Sauvignon might get better than this, but not by much! With layer after layer of perfectly ripe, lush, opulent black, blue and dark red berries, the wine coats your mouth and stays there for what seems like at least 60 seconds! There is a beautiful elegant texture that completely balances the intensity and power of the wine.

      99 points - Tasted
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  7. 2007 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Thorevilos

    1. WOW! This is clearly a benchmark for what California Cabernet Sauvignon can do The wine coats your mouth and palate with perfectly ripe, massive layers of silky berry liqueur, licorice, coffee, blueberry liqueur and all with polished, velvet textures. Everything is in perfect balance and harmony, which is amazing considering the levels of richness and concentration found in this elixir.

      100 points - Tasted
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  8. 2006 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Thorevilos

    1. WOW! The nose explodes with blueberries, blackberry jam, licorice, vanilla, coffee beans and truffles! Fat, intense, expansive and mouth filling, the wine offers the option of drinking, or with the impressive levels of concentration, eating with a spoon! Every sip coats your palate with intensity of flavor and purity! Generally speaking, expensive wines do not always deliver, but if you have the money and want to experience California Caberent at its best, this is about as good as it gets.

      98 points - Tasted
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  9. 2005 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Thorevilos

    1. Pitch black in color, with an explosive perfume stuffed with vanilla, blueberry, licorice, coffee bean and blackberry jam. The wine is massive, powerful and yet, with all its size, everything is in balance. The long, seemingly endless finish fills your mouth and stains your palate with multiple waves of incredibly, lush, ripe fruit.

      97 points - Tasted
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  10. 2005 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. With a flamboyant personality, packed with fresh brewed cappuccino, licorice, boysenberry, blackberry and vanilla, the wine is rich, deep and concentrated. While it lacks the intensity and power found in the top vintages of Abreu, it’s clearly made in the same, ripe, fruit forward style with a focus on elegance and purity.

      95 points - Tasted
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  11. 2002 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Thorevilos

    1. There is so much depth in color in this wine, it looks like it was just released! Blueberry, boysenberry jam, vanilla, licorice, chocolate, truffle, earth and smoke scream from the glass. With the concentration of motor oil, coupled with the grace of a ballerina, there is not one hair out of place. Ostentatious, yet refined, the wine fills your mouth and paints your palate with the intense purity of perfectly ripe, polished fruit. This is a benchmark wine for California Cabernet Sauvignon.

      100 points - Tasted
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  12. 2002 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. Still dark in color, an abundant perfume filled with cassis, blueberry, oak, coffee, incense and blackberry is a treat. Silky, round and with velvety tannins, this opulent, Napa Cabernet finishes with a long blast of chocolate covered blackberry and plums.

      97 points - Tasted
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  13. 2001 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. Supple, rich, concentrated and filled with chocolate, cassis and blue fruits. This soft textured, full bodied wine finishes with a huge blast of dark berries and chocolate.

      95 points - Tasted
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  14. 2000 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. With a muted nose that required effort to find aromatics, smoke, blackberry, oak and coffee aromas could be found. Dense and chunk in texture, the wine ended with blackberry and tart cherry flavors. This is on the downhill slide. Drink up.

      89 points - Tasted
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  15. 1997 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. Rich, concentrated, pack and stacked with layers of perfectly ripe, black and blue fruit, vanilla, cocoa, truffle, barbecue and licorice. The great thing about this wine is, the balance. There is so much fruit, flesh and flash, yet it’s all in harmony and does not go over the top with its flamboyant, silky, sensuous style. This Cabernet Sauvignon represents everything great about California wine.

      100 points - Tasted
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  16. 1994 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. With its scents of cassis, blackberry jam, truffle, caramel, coffee bean and cherries, the nose grabs your attention. Full bodied, concentrated, rich and intense, the wine is powerful, complex and long, but it lacks the same level of elegance and finesse tasted in the current vintages.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. Dense, concentrated and filled with ripe, sweet cassis and blue fruit. Round and silky textures. Long clean finish.

      96 points - Tasted
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  17. 1993 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. Oak, blackberry, cassis, earth and mushroom scents became apparent with coaxing. While concentrated and full bodied, the wine was drying out and tasted like tart cherries. This bottle was purchased on release and brought the original owner. I'd like to try another to see if this was a correct bottle. It might be time to drink up.

      83 points - Tasted
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