The 2010 FUSE Wines Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, California

As a member of the Cellars Wine Club’s 90+ Point Wine Club, I get two amazing bottles of wine delivered to my door every month. In my February 2014 shipment, I received a bottle of 2010 Neil Ellis Grenache from South Africa and a bottle of 2010 FUSE Wines Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.

I decided to try the FUSE Wines Cabernet Sauvignon last night and WOW that was an amazing bottle of wine! If you’re looking for a fantastic 90+ Point Wine Club, then you just can’t go wrong with the Celebrations 90+ Point Wine Club. But don’t just take this blog post as bible, be sure to read over our Cellars Wine Club Review for 2014 and see all the 90+ Point Wine Clubs we recommend before signing up.

But lets get back to that bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon I polished off last night (thank God I don’t get 4 bottles a month from the Cellars Wine Club!). The FUSE team works with some of the best Napa Valley growers, whose cool climate hillside and warmer valley floor vineyards are planted in an array of clones, exposures and spacing. They strive to make a Cabernet Sauvignon using only the very best grapes in all of Napa Valley. The goal is to make a wine with concentrated fruit flavors and good, solid acid balance.

Here’s what my bottle looked like in our most recent snow storm here in North Carolina:

Cellars Wine Club – 90+ Point Wine Club February 2014 Shipment – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

By producing a Cabernet Sauvignon with these complex attributes, they can bottle a wine that has early accessibility, but also has the potential to age in the bottle for years to come. I already drank my bottle, and it was superb, but I do recommend you keep yours in storage for at least another year if you can.

The philosophy behind the FUSE Cabernet Sauvignon is to take the traditions of the “Old World” style and give it a little “New World” twist by adding Syrah to the mix.The result is a more interesting wine with some very complex aromas and flavors. FUSE Wines is dedicated to making the best possible Cab and it shows in each and every bottle. Each step of the farming and winemaking process is undertaken with great care and attention.

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 82% Cab, 15% Syrah and 3% Merlot. The vintage started out very slowly with a long cool growing season, which came to an end late in the season with three heat spikes over 100 degrees. The vineyard managers that played it safe with the canopy management were rewarded with ripe, full and structured fruit.

FUSE Wines followed traditional French winemaking practices with techniques including the use of cold soaking and extended maceration, which averaged 23-32 days in total and frequent pumping over. Prior to bottling, the Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon were aged separately in both French and American Oak for fifteen months, with the barrels being racked once every 6 months.

The nose expresses a combination of sweet cherry, blueberry, hints of vanilla and nice earthy undertones. On the palate, layers of blueberry and cherry are balanced with delicate notes of vanilla and nutmeg.

This medium-bodied wine, which earned it’s 90 point rating from Wine & Spirit, will continue to improve over the next 8 years but is also wonderfully drinkable right now.



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