2008 Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

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VERDICT: "Outstanding - Starkie!"
Sonoma Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.9% alc.
www.amapolacreek.com Review by Clinton Stark
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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