2010 Herold by Mark Herold Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1430916 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 In most vintages there are less than 200 cases of the top cuvee, the Cabernet Sauvignon Herold by Mark Herold. The 2010 is another 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, in this case from both the Coombsville and Oakville AVAs. A massive Cabernet, it offers plenty of blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit intertwined with hints of incense, charcoal, graphite and toasty oak. This full-bodied effort is very much in the style of the Merus Cabernet Sauvignons that first launched Mark Herold’s career as a winemaker. This big, balls-to-the-walls style of Cabernet is not for everybody, but it exhibits exceptional purity, richness and length. It should drink well for two decades or more. (RP)  (10/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Plush and structured, with pure, ripe notes of plum, blackberry, jazzy oak and crushed rock, gaining depth and persistence. Features an intriguing finish, where the flavors unfold. (JL)  (5/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (14.9% alcohol): Saturated bright medium ruby. Ripe, expressive aromas of currant, plum, mocha, tobacco and espresso, lifted by a minty nuance; very Napa Valley Cabernet! Sweet, deep and seamless if a bit youthfully reduced, offering good energy to its mineral-tinged black fruit flavors. Plush in the middle, then nicely firm on the back end, with well managed tannins and intriguing minerality framing the fruit. It's good to see Mark Herold back in the Cabernet business following the expiration of the non-compete clause he signed with Bill Foley when he sold Merus. (ST)  (5/2013)

92 points Vinous

 The clear highlight in this set of new releases is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Herold by Mark Herold. A dark, sumptuous wine with no hard edges, the 2010 boasts stunning depth and richness. Silky tannins frame an expressive core of fruit. Black currants, blackberries, violets and melted road tar all flesh out in the glass as this drop-dead gorgeous, stunning Cabernet conquers all of the senses with pure pleasure. A large-scaled, voluptuous finish rounds things out in style. (AG)  (12/2012)


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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.