2001 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1408502

Price: $29.99

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Tasting Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "At York Creek we have a small block of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted entirely to the legendary "La Questra" clone of Cabernet. This clone was brought to California by Emmet Rixford back in the 1880s directly from Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux. It is one of the most highly sought after "heritage" clones of Cabernet Sauvignon in the state. We call this block the "Horseshoe" because of its shape. For several years, I have made a separate fermentation, and because of its unique character I decided to bottle a little as a separate wine. It's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and all from the "Horseshoe" block. I would describe this as an intense Cabernet, distinctive, rich. And it's what I like to call 'a good story that's true.'"

Staff Reviews

  • James Bradshaw
    By: James Bradshaw
    K&L Staff Member
    2001 feels like an eon ago, but you'd think it was just yesterday based on this delightful red. Bright, expressive, and with no shortage of fruit, it is a superb example of the vintage. Possessing excellent length and persistence, it is a mouth-filling experience loaded with ample ripe flavors of cassis, Bing cherry, and salted plum. It is hard to believe such a delicious and classically-style red can be so affordably priced.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    When Ryan told me he was bringing in more vintage York Creeks I got REALLY excited. For me, York Creek is the height of superb craftsmanship from a Napa Valley legend. And better yet, these stunning wines from Spring Mountain are aged to perfection. The 2001 Horseshoe was the first one I grabbed after tasting the line up and it is perfect right now. Beautiful, softened tannins and rich fruit, with a gorgeous bouquet of dried herbs and leather. Where else are you going to find winery-direct, back-vintaged Cabernet as stunning as this at under $30? You got to be kidding me. The staff is already jumping all over these. Be forewarned, these won't last long.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    I love 2001 Napa Cab. It's a vintage that always comes across to me as perfectly proportioned with immaculate balance. Not a super big year or one with any dramatic weather events, but a vintage of consistency and age-ability. Some of my very best experiences with Napa Cab have come from this vintage. The Horseshoe Block bottling from York Creek fits this mold perfectly. Flavors, structure and length on the palate all speak of a classic vintage and one that is true to varietal. With almost 20 years in the bottle this wine is at it's peak for drinking and is beautifully mature without yet losing all of it's primary fruit characters. Maybe a rack of Lamb?


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