Robert Miner was one of the original founders of Oracle some moons ago. Robert was actually Larry Ellison’s manager at a previous company. They jointly created Oracle, but he was the “key” engineer and a master of people skills! I had the chance to meet him several times before his untimely passing at the age of 52, about 15 years ago. Unfortunately, he is no longer with us but his legacy lives on at Oakville Ranch, which he created with his wife Mary in 1989. The “Grand Daddy” of the Estate is always the great Robert’s Blend, sourced from the very best parcels of the vineyard next door to Dalla Valle.
Oakville Ranch 2007 Robert’s Blend Robert Parker 93 Points
Retail 69.99 – GGWC 64.99 with FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more!
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Sourced 100% from the best parcels of the estate, this blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon is the blue chip of the vineyard. Only 132 cases were produced. This wine throws a real punch right out of the glass. Gobs of ripe blue and black berry flavors gush out of the glass followed by gorgeous aromas and flavors of figs, anise and a touch of espresso. This full-bodied blend is rich, yet elegant – intense, yet smooth. The aromas and flavors are nicely in-sync and lead into an amazingly long and silky finish.
“Given the reputation of the two vintages, there is not as much difference between the 2008 and 2007 Robert’s Blend as one might suspect. The 2007’s more youthful dense purple color is followed by notes of blueberries, graphite, burning embers and a hint of volcanic soils. Much like its younger sibling, it is a full-bodied, opulent effort with slightly lower alcohol. Rich and full, this is a super effort from an under-the-radar winery that merits more attention. Drink it over the next decade.”
Also check out these new releases from Oakville Ranch:
Oakville Ranch 2009 Estate Chardonnay
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 36.99 with FREE SHIPPING on six or more!
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This is a well-crafted masterpiece will please both collector and average wine lover alike, as this artwork is very well-priced! Sourced from their prime block it offers pleasant aromas of pears, peaches, baked apples and fresh cream on the nose. On the palate, this well-balanced, full-bodied Chardonnay showcases rich and supple fruit that is well-expressed and balanced alongside some lively acidity. This is like a song in the glass! Only 178 cases produced!
Oakville Ranch 09 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail 62.00 – GGWC 54.99 FREE SHIPPING on six or more!
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Sourced from three prime areas on the estate (57% Plateau, 28% Summit and 15% Terrace), this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon will wow you immediately. This youngster offers classic, rich black stone fruit, some typical Oakville “dust”. This multi-layered densely concentrated mountainous wine is stacked with cassis and raspberries that are extremely bold, yet clean and silky on the mid-palate with a touch of fresh roses, cedar and freshly roasted coffee beans leading into an amazingly complex, long lasting finish. 300 cases produced.
The winemaker says: “This is wine worship at its most elemental, with no artifice between you and the glass. This is red dust on your shoes, indescribable views, smoke and violets on the tongue, a glad heart. Listen, savor and enjoy!”
92 Points Robert Parker: “The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with dark fruit, spices, new leather, licorice and grilled herbs. It shows terrific energy and focus all the way through to the powerful, incisive finish. Sweet flowers and spices add further nuances of complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024.”
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