Full Review

Athenaeum

Athenaeum
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$39.95
Cellar Selection

Athenaeum
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Spicy aromas and flavors of pickling spices, dried cassis, black licorice, and wild berry taffy with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long grilled plum, wet leather, and foraged mushrooms finish with firm, grippy tannins and heavy oak. A concentrated wine that will be a dream with steak or blue cheeses; give the oak some time to mellow.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: pickling spices, dried cassis, black licorice, and wild berry taffy
Taste Flavor: grilled plum, wet leather, and foraged mushrooms
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Ribeye With Cabrales Cheese, Roquefort, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A concentrated wine that will be a dream with steak or blue cheeses; give the oak some time to mellow.

The Producer

Purple Wine & Spirits Co.

The Producer
9119 Graton Rd
Graton, CA 95444
USA
1 707-829-6228

Their Portfolio

89 Arius 2014 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley 14% (USA) $25.95.
91 Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $54.95.
94 Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $39.95.
87 Athenaeum 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $39.95.
90 Avalon 2013 "CAB", Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
87 Avalon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $19.99.
88 Avalon 2014 "CHARD", Chardonnay, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
93 Avalon 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County 14% (USA) $19.99.
92 Avalon 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County 14% (USA) $19.99.
86 Avalon 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
90 BEX 2014 Riesling, Nahe 10% (Germany) $11.99.
86 Cabpothesis 2013 Old Vine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13.8% (USA) $19.95.
89 Calista 2012 The Coast Range, Pinot Noir, California 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
90 Calista 2013 The Coast Range, Pinot Noir, California 14.5% (USA) $24.99.
84 Calista 2016 The Coast Range, Pinot Noir, Mendocino County-Monterey County-Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
85 Coastal Oak 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Coastal Oak 2012 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Coastal Oak 2012 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
82 Coastal Oak 2012 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Cryptic 2012 Red Wine, California 13.9% (USA) $14.99.
87 Donovan-Parke 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
84 Donovan-Parke 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
85 Donovan-Parke 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.0% (USA) $14.99.
86 Donovan-Parke 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
91 Donovan-Parke 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
89 Donovan-Parke 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.08% (USA) $15.95.
85 Donovan-Parke 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
87 Donovan-Parke 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
87 Donovan-Parke 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, California 12.5% (USA) $15.99.
89 Dusk to Dawn 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.8% (USA) $29.95.
89 Dusk to Dawn 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $29.95.
85 Dusk to Dawn 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $24.95.
90 Dusk to Dawn 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 11% (USA) $23.99.
85 Flint & Steel 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $14.99.
84 Four Vines 2012 "Truant", Zinfandel, California 13.9% (USA) $11.99.
88 Four Vines 2012 "Biker", Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $19.99.
84 Four Vines 2013 "Naked", Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 13.9% (USA) $11.99.
84 Graton Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $8.99.
85 Graton Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
88 Graton Cellars 2012 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 Graton Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Kumbaya 2013 Red Blend, California 13.8% (USA) $11.99.
84 Lucky Star 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
87 Lucky Star 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
88 Lucky Star 2012 Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
87 Lucky Star 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $11.99.
85 Lucky Star 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
85 Lucky Star 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
85 Lucky Star 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
88 Lucky Star 2014 Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
89 Lucky Star 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 Lucky Star 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 Lucky Star 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
86 Main & Geary 2014 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $12.95.
87 Main & Geary 2013 Petite Sirah, California 14% (USA) $17.99.
88 Main & Geary 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $19.95.
89 Main & Geary 2012 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.8% (USA) $17.99.
83 Main & Geary 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.2% (USA) $14.95.
92 Main & Geary 2014 Rosé, Pinot Noir, California 11.5% (USA) $19.95.
81 Main & Geary 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $14.95.
86 Main & Geary 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 11% (USA) $19.99.
86 Marc Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $10.99.
85 Marc Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 Marc Cellars 2013 Pinot Grigio, California 13.0% (USA) $8.99.
81 Marc Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
88 Marc Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Marc Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
87 Marlo 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $8.99.
88 Marlo 2012 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
90 Marlo 2012 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
86 Marlo 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
88 Marlo 2012 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
83 Pico & Vine 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.1% (USA) $14.99.
89 Pico & Vine 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $19.99.
88 Pico & Vine 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $19.99.
85 Pico & Vine 2013 Meritage, Napa County 14% (USA) $16.99.
81 Pico & Vine 2014 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.1% (USA) $14.99.
87 Pico & Vine 2014 Meritage, Napa County 14.5% (USA) $17.99.
91 Raeburn 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $19.99.
89 Raeburn 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $16.95.
85 Rampage 2012 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 14% (USA) $11.99.
84 Rampage 2012 Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
83 Randall Monroe 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
86 Randall Monroe 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Randall Monroe 2012 Zinfandel, California 14% (USA) $8.99.
86 Randall Monroe 2015 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 Randall Monroe 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
92 Scattered Peaks 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
88 Secret Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
92 Secret Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
85 Secret Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
91 Secret Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
86 Secret Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $13.99.
88 Secret Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $14.99.
90 Secret Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
85 Shiloh Road 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 14% (USA) $17.99.
84 Shiloh Road 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
91 Shiloh Road 2013 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 13.8% (USA) $19.99.
91 Shiloh Road 2014 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 13.8% (USA) $19.95.
87 The Ringleader 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
86 The Ringleader 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 The Ringleader 2012 Red Wine Blend, California 13.8% (USA) $8.99.
91 The Weasel and the Cork 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $29.95.
87 The Weasel and the Cork 2016 Red Blend, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $29.95.
84 Trailhead 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $14.95.
87 Trailhead 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $35.95.
81 Trailhead 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $19.95.
83 Twirl 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $12.95.
88 Twirl 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
84 Twirl 2012 Red Wine Blend, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
85 Twirl 2014 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $12.99.
84 Twirl 2015 Moscato, California 11% (USA) $13.95.
86 Twirl 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $13.95.
84 Viva La Fruita NV Fruit Wine 10% (USA) $12.95.
91 Zynthesis 2013 Old VIne, Zinfandel, Lodi 14% (USA) $16.99.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.