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Wine of the Week: Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

Hands down, Sonoma produces some of the best Cabs and Chards.

2008 Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

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VERDICT: "Outstanding - Starkie!"
Sonoma Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.9% alc.
Amapola Creek 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Wine Review

A Sonoma Beauty: If you’ve never tried an unfiltered Cab, this ’08 Amapola is a good place to start.

Our Stark Insider wine of the week is a very special one.

Unfiltered, and outstanding in all regards, this ’08 Cabernet Sauvignon by Amapola Creek exemplifies the best of Sonoma County.

I particularly love the nose. Take a whiff, and you’re bowled over with sumptuous earth tones, tobacco, and — dare I say — that brambly/farmy action that so many of us seek out. If I were wearing a smoking jacket, I might even mention “terroir” and “expression” in reference to this wine.

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In Napa, on the other side of the Mayacamas Mountains (which we encountered earlier this week with a look at the Mount Veeder Cab) this bottle might sell for twice the price.

Hands down, Sonoma produces some of the best Cabs and Chards anywhere.

Amapola Creek 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

1190 cases, $60

Highly Recommended.

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Clinton Stark
Clint is based in San Francisco and has produced videos for Stark Insider since 2006. Film projects recently completed include short MORADO shot in the Baja, doc THE ART OF HALL WINES in Napa, and music video WRONG'S WHAT I DO BEST at the San Francisco Art Institute. He regularly writes about Canon DSLR and filmmaking. His Broadway features have garnered praise, including SHREK UNMASKED which is the most viewed BTS video for the musical on YouTube. In addition he's worked with DreamWorks, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, among others. Interview highlights include James Franco, Gia Coppola, Colbie Caillat, Vincent Kartheiser, Dana Carvey, and Dany Boyle. Clint is a member of ATCA and covers the SF theater scene. He also writes about Napa and wine, and Silicon Valley news and trends. More: Clint's story...