2007 Wente Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley

Wente Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon

The Wente Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon represents the small lot program run by 5th generation winemaker Karl Wente. I was surprised to receive this wine because I thought it was a wine club exclusive and not available for purchase to the public. After checking their website carefully it appears the wine is also released to a few restaurants and some boutique wine shops. If there was a wine club I would recommend people to join this might be it, only because of Karl’s efforts and the wide array of offerings from this prestigious winery. This wine is a well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon representative of the terroir obtained in the Livermore Valley, an AVA that deserves a lot more respect than it gets. On the nose, there is an early struggle for fruit to dominate the black olive, fresh tealeaf and vanilla. Eventually the fruit wins with cassis and black cherry leading the parade. The tannins are in check and acidity balanced making this a Cabernet Sauvignon worth seeking out. Grilled beef tri tip, fresh chanterelle mushroom risotto would be a couple of dishes this wine would pair well with.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $50 | 14.3% ABV


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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Sammy October 30, 2011 at 9:47 AM - Reply

    Was this one of the wines you tasted at a twitter taste live event? I think I remember seeing it somewhere but I can’t remember…

    • enobytes October 30, 2011 at 6:57 PM - Reply

      Yup, we’ve participated in many of the twitter taste lives! Cheers.

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